Dwight Howard thanks Houston, Rockets fans with full-page ad (pic)
Dwight Howard on Wednesday was officially introduced as a member of the Atlanta Hawks organization during an emotional news conference. On the same day — as players moving on to another town are wont to do — the veteran center took out a full-page ad in the Houston Chronicle to thank Rockets fans for their support during his three seasons with the team.
In case you missed Dwight Howard's ad on Page 2 of the @HoustonChron sports section today. pic.twitter.com/tyqxTfP3Qc
— Jenny Dial Creech (@jennydialcreech) July 13, 2016
The note reads, curiously printed in all caps:
I would like to thank Les Alexander for giving me the opportunity to play for such a classy organization. To my coaches, trainers, and the entire Rockets staff: I want you to know that I appreciate the support and dedication you put forth during my time in Houston. Most importantly, thank you to the amazing city of Houston. It was an honor to be welcomed and embraced by all of you. You made Houston a home for me. And for that you will always be dear to me. It was an honor for me to be part of such an amazing community.
It certainly has all the trappings of a heartfelt farewell, perhaps even personally written by Howard himself, which isn’t necessarily the case in these situation. Given the final season of Howard’s tenure with the Rockets wasn’t the high point of his time in Houston, it appears he left with some good memories.
While Howard may have wept during his Hawks introductory presser, no tears likely will be shed by Rockets fans over his departure.
"This is a real new beginning for me, and I’m happy to share it with my loved ones." – @DwightHoward #TrueToAtlanta pic.twitter.com/DWBzTPjbBb
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Still, Howard deserves praise for conducting his exit from Houston in such a classy manner.
And now, it’s on to his hometown Atlanta, the city he hopes to deliver an NBA title.