Feb 10, 2014; Minneapolis, MN, USA; Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) is congratulated by Houston Rockets forward Chandler Parsons (25) during the second quarter at Target Center. Mandatory Credit: Brace Hemmelgarn-USA TODAY Sports

Dwight Howard: Chandler Parsons leaving won't affect us

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard might have gone about offending former teammate Chandler Parsons, who said he was offended by how the Rockets handled free agency.

“Honestly, I was offended by the whole process,” Parsons said after joining the Dallas Mavericks. “They publicly said that they were going out looking for a third star when I thought they had one right in front of them. I guess that’s just how they viewed me as a player. I don’t think I’ve scratched the surface of where I can be as a player and I think I’m ready for that role.

Howard through some more fuel on the fire, saying that Parsons leaving “won’t affect us at all,” via the Associated Press.

Howard went on to say that the success of the Rockets rest on his and James Harden’s shoulders.

“We have myself and James,” Howard said. “We have the best center and the best two guard in the game on the same team. It’s on us.”

The Rockets are having a rough summer, whiffing on free agents Carmelo Anthony and Chris Bosh. They eventually acquired veteran forward Trevor Ariza in a three-team trade to replace Parsons.

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