Dwight Howard showed up to his first press conference as a Washington Wizard on Monday with some great jokes — slightly self-deprecating with some funny zingers aimed at his former teams.
The 32-year-old big man — who said he plans to play in the NBA for eight more years and wants to finish his career with the Wizards — was asked about now playing for four teams in four years and why he felt comfortable making such bold statements about his future.
Enter comedian Dwight Howard.
“I learned Magic for eight years. Traveled to La-La Land. Learned how to work with Rockets. I went and learned to fly with some Hawks. Got stung by the Hornets — just a joke. But through all of that, it’s taught me how to be a Wizard.”
Dwight's got jokes 😂 pic.twitter.com/1uCk2rSgRp— NBC Sports Wizards (@NBCSWizards) July 23, 2018
A 14-year veteran in the NBA, Howard has a career average of 17.4 points, 12.7 boards, 2.0 blocks and a .583 field goal percentage.
Before coming to Washington, Howard spent the last three individual seasons playing for the Charlotte Hornets, the Atlanta Hawks and the Houston Rockets — who he was with from the 2013-14 season until the 2015-16 season. As he said in the setup to his line, he started his NBA career in 2004-05 with the Orlando Magic. In the 2017-18 season with the Hornets, Howard finished the year averaging 16.6 points, 12.5 rebounds and 1.6 blocks.
"I got the cape," Howard continued to joke.
"I'll wipe it off. It was a little dusty, it had a couple holes in it, so I had my seamstress put it back together, and I got it cleaned. So yeah, I'm looking forward to putting the cape back on."
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