He said the move was "an opportunity for [him] to move forward, to change the perception of what other people have tried to make of [him]."
Not to get all semantic, but there's something remarkably telling about Howard's understanding of how perceptions are formed, something that should give the Rockets pause about what they've gotten themselves into. Other people's perceptions aren't just figments of their jaded imaginations, nor are they media fabrications aimed at character assassination.
Our biases and preconceived notions inform perceptions to be sure, but they still have to have something to go on.
Dwight Howard has gifted his critics with plenty to go on.
Since treating the Orlando Magic to painfully inconsistent demands for the better part of two years, it became clear Howard wasn't cut from the same fabric as guys like LeBron James and Kobe Bryant. The story he goes on to write in Houston will probably share a lot in common with those authored in Orlando and Los Angeles. This time he'll benefit from a deep, young roster with plenty of years to improve, but he'll have to do so amidst expectations.
They won't be the same ones that plagued him last season, but they'll be there all the same—this time with his health in hand and a roster with which he can win.
Howard isn't worried. Worrying isn't something he does. That doesn't mean we shouldn't be, though.