Quick recap of the top news in the NBA from July 1st through July 7th.
July 5th: Dwight Howard signs with the Houston Rockets.
There was a lot of drama prior to his decision but I’m happy Dwight Howard finally found a home in Houston. The Lakers are an aging team, their bench is horrible, and I never witnessed any real chemistry between Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard. During the 2012 – 2013 NBA season Kobe didn’t exactly display a trusting attitude offensively in Howard and the fact that Mike D’Antoni is behind the helm makes matters even worse. I believe the Rockets have a great franchise player in James Harden and Howard will benefit most from head coach Kevin McHale.
I’m not sure how I feel about this coaching decision, I understand the Celtics are in a rebuilding phase and someone has to fill the huge void left behind by the departure of Doc Rivers, unfortunately I don’t believe Brad Stevens is the best fit for the job. The expectations to win should be considerably low but what interest me most is how Rajon Rondo will react to an entirely new coaching philosophy and system. Rondo has a reputation of being a stubborn player so how will Brad Stevens manage Rondo’s personality and rebellious attitude on the court?
Read my full story – Brad Stevens vs Rajon Rondo: Who will lead the Celtics?
July 1st: Clippers Guard Chris Paul agrees to a new deal
Another sound decision made by one of the best point guards in the league. With Doc Rivers as the new head coach you can expect more output and effort from the Clippers team, especially Chris Paul. The Clippers are missing a few key pieces yet I expect them to be one of the top teams in the Western Conference.