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ATLANTA --?Dwight Howard was an engaging figure during the bulk of his three seasons with the Houston Rockets. His smile, personality and overall caring nature were a joy for the organization.But it came crashing down last season with his desire to get the ball more, leading to a bit of a power struggle with James Harden, the other star player.Howard declined his player option last summer, opting to seek better fortunes elsewhere. He eventually signed a three-year, $70.5 million contract with the Atlanta Hawks, his hometown team.On Saturday night at Phillips Arena, Howard will face off against Harden and the Rockets for the first time since he left. While their relationship isnt dissected with the intensity of the?Russell Westbrook?and?Kevin Durant?split,?Howard made an impact on the Rockets, especially with young players?Clint Capela, Montrezl Harrell and Sam Dekker.Dwight was a great guy; nobody gets to really see the type of person he is off the court, said Harrell, 22, a power forward in his second season with the Rockets. Everybody sees him on the court and thinks hes childish or hes a big kid. Hes a great guy with the time I spent with Dwight. He cares about everybody on and off the court. He has a heart thats so big. Whenever I came out of a game, we were always communicating.Howards personality also can rub some teammates the wrong way on the court. He smiles when he plays and jokes with fans during games. In road games, particularly in Los Angeles, where he played with the Lakers during the disappointing 2012-13 season, hes booed with contempt.During his time in Houston, Howard would even smile at the fans who booed him. At times he would playfully encourage it.But he also worked to develop bonds with teammates such as Harrell and Dekker, a 22-year-old forward who played in just three regular-season games as a rookie last season because of back surgery. He spent his time rehabbing, watching and learning how to become a professional.During a playful moment, Dekker found a picture on Howards iPad of the big man posing in front of mountains during the All-Star break. Dekker posted the picture on Twitter. Howards cheesy smile, while wearing his Rockets warm-up suit, bore a look that made it seem he was taking a high school picture.Howard thought the picture was funny and rolled with it.Thats the type of guy I am; I dont take things too seriously, Dekker said. Dwight has kind of the same personality too, so he didnt mind I put that on. Its the type of thing a team needs. Our lives are so absorbed with basketball, you got to get away from it a little bit, have some fun.Aside from the playful banter away from the court, Howards play was dominant at times.In three seasons, Howard averaged 16 points and 11.7 rebounds per game. In the 2014 postseason, Howard was the Rockets best player, averaging 26 points and a postseason-leading 13.7 rebounds and 2.8 blocks per game.With Howard and Harden, the Rockets reached the Western Conference finals once and were eliminated from postseason play in the opening round twice. To say Howards impact on the court was a failure isnt fully accurate.Howard wanted the basketball more and his usage rate with the Rockets fell to a drastic 21.7 average during his three seasons. In eight seasons in Orlando, Howards usage rate was 23.5 percent. Even in his one season with the Lakers, Howards usage rate was 22.2, and he was playing with a torn labrum for most of that season.Yet the Rockets moved away from Howards post game, instead going with more 3-point shooters, led by Harden. Howard told ESPN he went to Rockets management asking to be more involved in the offense but GM Daryl Morey rebuffed the request.Last season, sources have told ESPN, the Rockets wanted to develop Capela, preparing him as the future starting center. In just two seasons, the 6-foot-10 Capela put on 50 pounds and has developed good on-the-court chemistry with Harden. Under new coach Mike DAntoni, not a favorite of Howards, the Rockets run more pick-and-roll plays.Ive always played like that, Capela said. For me its always worked out, the pick-and-roll plays. I like to sprint up the court; everything was positive.Capela watched closely how Howard handled reporters and teammates. While Howard is talkative and playful, Capela is quiet and friendly.I really had a chance to see a superstar on our team and how the pressure was on him and how to focus for every game, Capela said. I learned from that, and Im really glad to [have seen] that every single day.Learning how to become a professional is not easy for anyone, especially someone in his early 20s. Dekker said he leaned on several players besides Howard, such as Trevor Ariza and Harden. Capela also talked to other veteran players and currently is under the tutelage of backup center Nene.I want to do it my own way, and Im really glad I had a chance to practice against him, Capela said of Howard. If I got an offensive rebound or a basket against him, Id say if I could do it against Dwight, I can do it in a game. It gave me the confidence.When Howard plays host to his former team Saturday, handshakes and hugs are expected. Nobody expects this one to play out like the frosty meeting between Westbrook and Durant in Oakland.It was great having him around, Harrell said. He was a big help for me and I think hell have a great career in Atlanta. Billige Nike Huarache. He just needed to be his best twisting, turning acrobatic self. "I didnt need to be anybody else, I just needed to be myself and be aggressive," said Burks, who scored a career-high 34 points to spark the Utah Jazz to a 118-103 victory over the Denver Nuggets on Monday night. Nike Huarache Hvid Danmark.Y. -- The Buffalo Sabres have placed centre Cody Hodgson on injured reserve and recalled two players from their AHL affiliate in Rochester. Cote was eligible to become a free agent Feb. 15. Cote helped running back Jon Cornish run for a league-high 1,813 rushing yards en route to being named the leagues most outstanding player. Nike Air Huarache Ultra Breathe. LOUIS -- The New Orleans Saints looked like a team playing out the string. Nike Air Huarache Danmark. Laudrup revealed Thursday he was notified of his dismissal in "the briefest of letters which gave no reasons why such hasty and final action was deemed necessary.Mark Walters believes the standard of Scottish Premiership will improve if his former side Rangers return to the top flight. Rangers, who were forced to drop down to Scottish footballs lowest tier in 2012 due to financial difficulties, hold an eight-point lead over second-placed Hibernian with 13 games remaining in the Scottish Championship.Without a doubt it will be great for Scottish football when Rangers get back up to the Premiership, Walters told Sky Sports. They look solid and they look organised. Unfortunately, my former colleague Ally McCoist was unable to get them back in the Premiership but I think Mark Warburton has made them strong enough to get out of the league automatically.Im sure most Celtic fans would say the worst thing that has happened to the Premiership over the last four years is Rangers being out of the game. And thats not only from a financial point of view but also from an atmospheric point of view in the matches.I dont think its been good for Celtic and the standard of the football in the league has also dropped, which was a big criticism before anyway. I think the standard will increase when Rangers go up and hopefully they will be able to recruit some good players of a similar standard to Celtics, and that will help the league get the recognition it deserves. Rangers Kenny Miller was awarded the Ladbrokes Championship Player of the Month for January as he scored five goals in five games.dddddddddddd Walters, who spent three-and-a-half seasons at Ibrox during the late eighties and early nineties, was speaking at the British Ethnic Diversity Sports Awards, hosted by Sporting Equals at Londons Grosvenor House hotel.I love these awards particularly because they are a great vehicle for coaches from the BME (Black Minority Ethnic) community to move forward, Walters said.When people from those communities come to awards like these it helps them realise there is a way forward for them, not only to get qualified, but also to maybe get a job in football which is fantastic. Also See: Rangers video Rangers fixtures Rangers stats Sky Bet Club Wholesale Jerseys  Cheap NFL Jerseys Wholesale Jerseys Authentic Jerseys From China Wholesale Jerseys Wholesale NFL Jerseys ' ' '


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