Dwight Howard is headed to Taiwan for the next chapter of his basketball career. The eight-time NBA All-star signed a deal with the Taoyuan Leopards and announced it on the team's social media.
Dwight Howard played with the Los Angles Lakers in 2021-2022, which was his third stint with the team. He won the Mickey Mouse Disney championship in 2020 with the Lakers, but then signed with the 76ers. In the middle of last season, he was traded back to the Lakers for DeAndre Jordan. Last season, he averaged 6.2 points, 5.9 rebounds in 60 games and 27 starts.
Howard was not picked up by any team this offseason which led him to focus on playing overseas. Howard expressed a lot of interest in joining the Golden State Warriors this season and mentoring James Wiseman.
Wow, shocking, a washed bum wants to join the best team in the league and sail to a NBA championship. I've never heard that one before!
Obviously, the feeling wasn't mutual with Golden State or any other team and Howard remained unsigned as the season started.
Last year, Howard was left off the NBA75 list. He was considered one of the largest snubs from the list. Howard said he felt "disrespected" from the league after he got left off the list. I was definitely pretty shocked he was left off considering how dominant he was in his prime.
Honestly, pretty insane that Dwight is now overseas playing ball. He was a huge part of my childhood when I started watching basketball. I vividly remember his first stint with the Lakers which was an utter failure. He was traded to the Rockets and when he returned to Staples Center for the first time, him and Kobe got into it. That's where the Kobe "soft" gif originated from.
Iconic gif, RIP Kobe and best of luck in Taiwan Dwight!