Are Rockets Contender or Pretender?

Cohen’s Analysis: Will Dwight Howard’s escape from the Lakers help him return to his dominant form or did all the commotion and distraction over the past two years in Orlando and Los Angeles truly diminish his prominence as the most imposing big man of his generation?

Howard had all kinds of chemistry issues with Kobe Bryant. Will that be a negligible concern playing alongside James Harden? The Rockets aren’t worried yet, but Dwight needs to first prove his back injury from the last year and a half is completely healed and that he mentally can stay focused in his new environment.

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