Parsons ready for extra chances with Howard

Parsons ready for extra chances with Howard
September 28, 2013, 10:00 pm
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Chandler Parsons was the No. 1 Dwight Howard recruiter this offseason. He wanted Howard because he knew it would make the Rockets better.

The amount of extra opportunities he’ll get is just a nice added bonus.

Now, the Rockets don’t just have an All-Star player on the wing in James Harden, they also have another All-Star down low with the addition of Howard.

“I’m excited about it,” Parsons said on Friday. “I’m definitely excited about it. I’m gonna be super aggressive. They’re not gonna want to double-team him and leave me wide open and let me drive the lane. I don’t think that’s gonna work. I definitely think those two are going to draw a lot of attention; they’re All-Star players. But it’s definitely going to free up shots for me.”

Parsons, 24, is the only remaining player from before last season. He was a second-round pick out of Florida but has quickly become one of the NBA’s rising stars. Parsons averaged 15.5 points, 5.3 rebounds and 3.5 assists in his second NBA season last year.

“It’s pretty crazy, just the fact that I’m the last one here from two years ago,” Parsons said. “It’s just exciting. The energy around the city right now, the organization, the guys are eager to come out here and start it up tomorrow. It’s a lot of expectations and it’s a lot of excitement but we’re all ready for it. We understand that it’s going to be a lot of fun and teams are going to come gunning after us and we have something to prove this year.”

Parsons worked to bring Howard to Houston all summer with tireless recruiting. And when Howard and the Rockets held their press conference this summer, the big man gave a bunch of credit to Parsons. Now, the Rockets just hope that big free agent splash pays off.

“It’s very rare that you have a player that demands a double-team in the post and on the wing with Dwight and James but it’s going to be fun playing with those two,” Parsons said. “We’re all very unselfish.”