DWIGHT Howard took the NBA by storm for 18 seasons and now he’s trying to revive his career overseas.
The 37-year-old former NBA champion and future basketball Hall of Fame inductee last played in the NBA in the 2021-22 season and spent the past year playing in Taiwan for the Taoyuan Leopards of the T1 League.
Howard played in the NBA for 18 seasons and has played in Taiwan since NovemberCredit: Getty
Howard last played in the NBA for the Los Angeles LakersCredit: Getty
Howard was forced to continue his basketball career in Taiwan after receiving no offers from NBA teams.
He revealed in November on Shannon Sharpe’s “Club Shay Shay” podcast that he wanted to stay with the Los Angeles Lakers, but things didn’t work out.
“I would’ve been willing to go back to the Lakers — I’ve been willing to go back!” Howard said.
“They told me every time that ‘we’re not going to give anybody over 30 a multiyear contract. So I’m like, ‘dang, I just helped y’all win an NBA championship.”
“Y’all could give your boy a ‘mil or two. Or give me a ‘mil.’ I don’t want a whole bunch of minutes. Give me 20 minutes, and let me ball out.”
Howard tried to make the best of the situation and often appeared on his social media accounts, praising his experience in a new country.
“Taiwan, this is Dwight Howard, a.k.a. Superman, and I am so, so excited, and I can’t wait to touch down in Taiwan and start playing for the Taoyuan City Leopards,” Howard announced through the Leopards youtube page.
He would also viral several times during the 2023 NBA playoffs recruiting NBA stars LeBron James, Kevin Durant, and Chris Paul to join him in Taiwan after their teams were eliminated in the playoffs.
Howard put up insane numbers in his first season in Taiwan.
He played in 20 games and averaged 23.2 points, 16.1 rebounds, 5 assists, and 1.2 blocks a game.
Howard began his career in 2004 after being selected by the Orlando Magic as the first pick.
He spent eight seasons with the Magic before bouncing around the league.
Howard played for seven NBA teams, the Magic, Lakers, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, Washinton Wizards, and the Philadelphia Sixers.
In his 18-year career, Howard was an All-star and All-NBA selection eight times. He won the defensive player of the Year three times.
Howard isn’t giving up on his NBA comeback despite being out of the league.
He told the Sacramento Observer he believes he can help an NBA roster.
“I’m not retired from the NBA just yet,” Howard said.
“I would love to help the Sacramento Kings contend for a title. Even though I believe their team is pretty much set.”
Howard expressed he wants to play in the NBA againCredit: Getty
Dwight Howard called out eight NBA superstars in a social media video to join him in the Taiwan Basketball leagueCredit: Getty