Dwight Howard Pleads For NBA Return; Pitches Himself To One Specific Team

"I'm Dwight Howard!", pleaded the 8-time NBA All-Star, as he pitched his services during a TV interview. His focus: The defending champion Golden State Warriors. 

"I've been a 'warrior' my whole life... They need a big. I know they have Kevon Looney, and the young boy James Wiseman. But I'm Dwight Howard! Wiseman can learn so much from me, because he's headed in that direction of being a great big man."

Howard is one of several longtime, multi-time All-Star NBA veterans without a job at this point in the season, and he spoke further of how his fit with the Warriors could work. 

"Playing with all shooters like that.. Steph, the way he gets open and me setting screens, he's gonna get more wide open; Draymond, in the pick and roll with me and him; me being able to teach Wiseman how to play defense and block shots. I see him as a person that's similar to David Robinson.

"I would love to play season 19 and go out on top. I would love to do that, that would be amazing. And get a parade like I deserve."

Howard, in his 18 NBA seasons, has one ring, from the 2020 Los Angeles Lakers in the bubble, playing a minor role off the bench—about 15 minutes per night in the playoffs. Overall, he's averaged 15.7 points and 11.8 rebounds, and has three Defensive Player of the Year awards (the last one in 2010-11). 

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