Jim Parsons Dwight Howard Houston Rockets

Emmy-winner shows NBA fandom

As the Dwight Howard sweepstakes continue during this free-agent period in the NBA, it turns out the Los Angeles Lakers aren’t the only ones who can bring the Hollywood firepower.

Two-time Emmy-winner Jim Parsons of “The Big Bang Theory” offered a YouTube message this morning with an earnest — and perhaps surprisingly rooted in history — plea for Howard to sign with his hometown Houston Rockets.

Rockets general manager Daryl Morey engineered the video, according to Sam Gardner of FoxSports.com.

“I don’t know if you watch my show ‘The Big Bang Theory’ or not, but I watch you and I watch basketball and I especially watch the Houston Rockets,” Parsons says. “I grew up watching the Houston Rockets when they had Hakeem Olajuwon, and they played a game that was really based around having a truly great center. And maybe because of that, I personally believe the center is the most important position on any basketball team, and I think that’s what usually leads to winning championships.”

“The Rockets always assemble a really talented team who plays with heart, and most importantly all the players almost always on a Rockets team understand what it takes to compete, and they always do. That’s what they have right now. What they’re missing, and what I think is the missing ingredient to taking the next step to winning a championship, is a really elite center like yourself.

“I promise you that no organization and no fanbase understands and respects the role that an all-time great center like yourself plays in the success of a team the way Houston does and the way the Rockets do. (Editor‘s note: Laker fans might disagree.) I believe if you play for the Rockets, you could play some of the best and most exciting basketball of your entire career and I think bring home a few rings. As a fan of you and a fan of the Rockets, that’s exactly what I hope happens.”

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