Texas Notes: Rockets, Howard, Mavs, Asik

Here’s a quick look at the Mavs and Rockets..

  • The new-look Rockets and Dwight Howard are still searching for their identity together, writes Howard Beck of Bleacher Report.  Even though Houston isn’t dominating, they’re still fairly pleased with the early returns.  The Rockets are 6-4 heading into tonight’s game against Denver.
  • Mavericks owner Mark Cuban believes Eduardo Najera, second season coach of the D-League Texas Legends, will make an excellent NBA coach.  “I think being in the D-League has given him great experience and he recognizes a lot of the elements of what it takes to be successful,’‘ Cuban said. “He’s open-minded, he’s bright, he knows the game, he relates well to players, so he’s definitely got a chance to be a great NBA coach. “I know that’s in his DNA and that’s what he wants.’
  • Omer Asik wants to be traded from the Rockets, but with a $5.5MM salary, Houston doesn’t have to move the center until they want to, tweets Steve Kyler of HoopsWorld.

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