Rockets to Use Dwight Howard as Selling Tool to Entice Carmelo
The Houston Chronicle is reporting that they have obtained information on exactly how the Rockets plan to pitch Carmelo Anthony on Tuesday to try to lure the free agent forward to become apart of another unique big three.
The pitch reportedly will be focused on how signing with the Rockets means Anthony will join an instant contender instead of having to build one.
The big selling point will reportedly be the fruits of playing with Dwight Howard.
The thrust of the presentation will be about the Rockets’ contention that Anthony, a 6-8 forward, would be joining a contender. According to an individual familiar with the plans, they would cite their roster, expected to include every starter off a 54-win team.
They will describe how Anthony, 30, would be used. They will use many of the same representatives — owner Leslie Alexander, CEO Tad Brown, general manager Daryl Morey, coach Kevin McHale, former player Clyde Drexler, trainer Keith Jones and James Harden — as those who landed Howard. Howard will also be a part of the presentation, replacing free agent Chandler Parsons on the welcoming committee.
But the Rockets will hope to use home-court advantage as they could not last season.
Howard’s meetings were set up in Los Angeles, with the Rockets contingent making their appeal at a hotel dinner. On Wednesday, Anthony is scheduled to be at Toyota Center where the Rockets plan to pull out all the recruiting stops the $7 million upgrade to the basketball facilities allow.
As much as the Rockets will emphasize the more sober facts and figures related to team building, they plan to use their extensive collection of gadgetry, from the video boards and sound system in the locker room to the new weight room, video room and player’s lounge in ways they could not last summer when recruiting Howard.