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Rockets CEO Tad Brown: 'Our case is the best'

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Houston Rockets CEO Tad Brown told FOX 26 Sports on Tuesday his organization is convinced that as Howard and his representation learn what the Rockets are all about in comparison to the competition, they will come to the conclusion that the Rockets are the right team for him to join.

Brown arrived back in Houston Tuesday afternoon after taking part in the Rockets meeting with Howard and his agents on Sunday in Los Angeles.

"It's important for (Howard) to gather all of the information and to really study it, because we feel the more information the better for us, because our case is the best," Brown said.

"If you put everything on the line, and you put it all side-by-side, we feel from the chance to win championships, from the environment that he would be in, from the ability to be coached by Kevin (McHale), who is someone who knows exactly what Dwight goes through every single day, from our players, James (Harden) and Chandler (Parsons) and Omer (Asik) and Jeremy (Lin), and the young team that we've got, from the future flexibility that we have with picks and roster spaces and the ability to create and reengage the global brand that we have, the connection with Yao (Ming), the connection to the overseas markets, these are all things that we think roll into the only decision for Dwight Howard which is to become a Houston Rocket."

Brown said owner Leslie Alexander's passion to sign the seven-time NBA All-Star is obvious.

"Off the charts, off the charts," said Brown. "We're pulling out all of the stops. There's a reason we're spending as much time and doing as much as we are, because Dwight's worth it.

"Dwight is the kind of guy who can be a real difference maker for a team like ours. He can make relatively pedestrian teams better. He can make our team that is very good, great. Those are really rare situations. It's because Leslie has set us up for this moment. To be able to get to this point. To add the piece to the puzzle like Dwight to become a champion. That's his number one goal. That's been his goal. That remains his goal, and he's pushing our entire organization to make sure we realize that goal."

Any deal to sign Howard will be complicated and Brown said it all starts with the basketball-side of the equation.

"My message during the whole thing was let's focus on the baskeball, and if we can focus on the basketball everything else will take care of itself for him off the court, for him certainly on he court and for all of the things he that he'd like to achieve in his life," Brown said.

"Let's focus on winning championships, and when we win championships and create the infrastructure here in Houston with the Rockets, with the family and the culture that we're building, let's bring him here, let's win and then we're going to be able to take care of all that other stuff.

Brown said head coach Kevin McHale is a critical element in the Rockets' presentation to land Howard.

"It was immensely important," Brown said. "Kevin, not only because he's the one who will be with Dwight every single day, coaching him, and he's the leader of our team, but also he understands what Dwight is. He understands the position Dwight is in his career and he understands the challenges that a big man faces in becoming the best in the world.

"You really can't ask for a better situation and that's why Coach McHale made it very clear, 'these are the things I'd expect of you but these are things we're going to provide you so that you feel comfortable and you can get better as a player and you can win championships.' "

Brown said Howard and McHale had a great time together on Sunday.

And owner Leslie Alexander would like to see the two men have a lot of good times together for many years with the Rockets.

"Mr. Alexander put out there how much he really wants Dwight and how much would be the next great big man in line (for the Rockets franchise)," Brown said.

"Mr. Alexander talked very passionately about his goal is to win championships. He's a man who is very successful in everything he does. He's had the taste of two championships. He's had winning seasons 17 of the 20 years he's owned the team and now is the time where he wants to win more championships.

"We think that we're on our way with the good core group that we have, but we think Dwight will put us over the top to become the team to beat in the Western Conference and really challenge for an NBA title for the next five to 10 years."

Howard, who now must make his big decision, has also met with the Atlanta Hawks, Golden State Warriors, Dallas Mavericks and the Los Angeles Lakers, where he spent the 2012-13 season.



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