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Rockets go all out to land Howard
Houston was considered a frontrunner in the Howard sweepstakes — if they put the right pieces around him — but Rockets general manager Daryl Morey didn't take any chances.
Late Thursday and early Friday, Morey took to Twitter to make one last pitch to Howard, hoping to sell him on Houston — using his daughter, her friends and a two-time Emmy winner to attempt to woo the All-Star center.
The first post was made Thursday shortly before midnight ET, and featured a 40-second YouTube clip of children asking Howard to “please come to the Rockets.”
Then just after 10 a.m. ET Friday, Morey posted a video of actor Jim Parsons, star of The Big Bang Theory, making his plea for Howard to join his favorite team. Parsons was born in Houston and attended the University of Houston before embarking on an acting career that led him to two Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series Emmy awards, in 2010 and 2011:
The Big Bang Theory is one of the most popular shows on TV, so Parsons certainly has an audience. And Dwight Howard loves kids. (He’s even written a children’s book.) You’ve got to love Morey’s passion for his team and his creative approach to luring Howard. Apparently, it seems to have worked.