They are close friends, but
They both faced adverse circumstances last season, but Jordan and Howard are in better situations now.
With Jordan and Howard having a better season, Jordan said it’ll be a bigger “challenge” for him to deal with the dominating Howard when the Clippers play the Rockets at
When Jordan was asked about his problems last season, about his issues with former Clippers Coach
Jordan and Del Negro were at odds with each other most of last season, leading to Jordan hardly playing in the fourth quarter of games.
Under new Clippers Coach
"I learned a few things," he said about last season. "I learned about dealing with people, dealing with things."
Jordan and Howard spoke a lot last season, with Howard voicing his frustrations about his health and playing with the
Howard had back surgery in April 2012 and clearly wasn’t the same player he had been after joining the Lakers via trade from the
Then Howard didn’t flourish under Lakers Coach Mike D’Antoni’s system and didn’t get along well with
"He had a tough little stretch last year," Jordan said. "But he's in a better place now.
"He's definitely moving around a lot better than he was last year. I feel like he slimmed down a lot from last year. You could tell last year he was still a little stiff and his back was giving him problems. But hopefully he'll be back to the 2010-11 Dwight and that'll be better for the league, definitely better for us. It'll be a better matchup. "