From Howard on Down, Rockets Hunger for a Title

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From Howard on Down, Rockets Hunger for a Title
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The presentation - exhaustive, high-tech and prepared over months of painstaking work to persuade Dwight Howard to come to Houston - was complete but not enough. The Rockets had outlined their potential and plans. They made their appeal with arguments specific and general. It was up to Rockets owner Leslie Alexander to seal the deal. Alexander and Howard took a seat on a bench at the Hotel Bel-Air and talked. Howard soon would sign on for his first season as Rockets center. Alexander would begin his 20th as owner. But right there on that bench, Howard got a sense of how hungry Alexander and the Rockets had become for playoff success, the message he needed to hear.

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