The trip to Aspen was full of signs which helped him make his decision.
Howard said that he believes in signs. When DH went off to Aspen to contemplate what team he would choose for the foreseeable future, he said that he encountered plenty of people from Houston who advised him to join the Rockets. All in all, that was what basically persuaded him to join the Rockets. Really, Dwight? Really? So, if a ton of people said, "hey Dwight, play alongside Kobe for another couple years," you would really take them on their word? C'mon, fam!