Dwight Howard was once one of the NBA’s biggest stars. Howard was selected to the All-Star and All-NBA selections eight times and made five All-Defensive teams and was named Defensive Player of the Year three times. After playing with Lebron James and the Los Angeles Lakers during the 2021-22 season, Howard wasn’t signed last season, so he packed his bags and brought his talents to Taiwan.
The former Slam Dunk Contest champion has taken shots at the association and its stars since his trip to Asia, but still wants to be one of them. In one of his final posts, Howard threatens to lose 85 points to Team USA Taiwan if he is not included in his country’s squad. This came immediately after Team USA’s failure at FIBA and James’ announcement that he would commit to competing in the 2024 Olympics. Now Howard wants a piece of the action.
It’s clear from Howard’s passive-aggressive digs at the NBA last year that he still feels like he won’t be inducted in 2022. You can’t really blame him when other players who are almost 37 years old still have contracts in the association, despite being far less effective. However, insults disguised as jokes may not be the best route.
Howard finds out the hard way that there comes a time when these professional leagues are just done with you. It doesn’t matter if you’re ready to finish; They will decide for you. There’s no doubt he could play 15 minutes a night on an NBA roster at nearly 38 years old, but it seems like they’ve moved on from Howard together. Superman led that league in rebounds five times in his career. Many NBA teams could bring Howard off the bench to grab six to eight rebounds per game and block a few shots.
As for that dream of playing on Team USA, that probably won’t come true either. And this “threat” of scoring 85 points against his compatriots is also one Pipe dream, like Taiwan (Chinese Taipei) did not qualify for the Paris Games next summer. There’s a chance he could end up in the NBA again, but Trolling is not the way to go to make this dream come true.
https://deadspin.com/dwight-howard-olympics-taiwan-team-usa-1850840287 I will play for Taiwan in the Olympics and score 85 points against the USA