Howard Receiving Pitches From Kobe, Nash, And Jack Nicholson To Stay In LA

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Decorated Soldier Reunited With Family During Rose Parade
PASADENA ( — A decorated soldier originally from Michigan was reunited with his family Tuesday in a heartwarming moment captured by cameras and witnessed by millions during the 124th Tournament of Roses Parade. Army Sgt. First Class Eric Pazz was riding on the “Canines of Courage” float sponsored by Natural Balance Pet Foods Tuesday when he was reunited with his wife Miriam and four-year-old son, Eric Jr. Both were watching the parade from the grandstands after winning seats. They were under the impression that 32-year-old Pazz, who was deployed, was still in Afghanistan. Video of the parade shows the heartwarming scene as Eric Jr. runs toward his father and the announcer says, “he sees Daddy. he had no idea.” After the reunion, his family joined him on the float for the remainder of the parade.

LOS ANGELES ( — All-Star free agent Dwight Howard has begun meeting with potential suitor teams, and may announce a decision on his future within the week.

Howard met with representatives of the Houston Rockets on Sunday night in Los Angeles. The group included general manager Daryl Morey, coach Kevin McHale, current forwards Chandler Parsons and James Harden, and NBA Hall of Famers Clyde Drexler and Hakeem Olajuwon.

The main focus, as far as Howard was concerned, was how the Rockets planned to include a third max-contract offer to a third all-star to go along with himself and Harden, according to the Houston Chronicle.

The Rockets reportedly cleared nearly $20 million in order to go after Howard with a max-contract.

Ken Berger of reported on Sunday that Houston has looked into possible deals for Omer Asik and Jeremy Lin, which may cleear enough space for a second max-contract.

Among the other teams Howard has met or will meet with include the Los Angeles Lakers, where Howard spent 2012-13.

In addition to Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak, who reportedly snuck in a quick face-to-face with Howard as free agency officially kicked off at 9:01 p.m. pacific time on Sunday, Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash will be a part of the pitch to keep Dwight Howard in Los Angeles.

Even acting legend and longtime Lakers fan Jack Nicholson made a personal phone call to plea that Howard stay with the Lakers.

Howard is also scheduled to meet with the Golden State Warriors, the Dallas Mavericks, and his hometown Atlanta Hawks before the Lakers get the final word on Tuesday.

Players can officially sign on July 10.

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