Superman Howard Eye Playing Overseas If NBA Lockout Continues
19. July 2011
One of the superstars of the National Basketball Association has expressed willingness to play overseas particularly China if ever the lockout will not end soon.
Orlando Magic superstar center Dwight “Superman” Howard said there is a big possibility he will play somewhere else if ever the lockout will not be resolve since he wanted to keep his basketball passion alive and continue to improve as an NBA player. “I’m not at liberty to talk about it,” he said, “but there’s a huge possibility about me going to China or me going overseas to play basketball,” Howard, a five-time All-Star who led Orlando to the NBA finals in 2009 said.
“If I decide to go overseas, the main thing is for me to continue to get better, not to do the things that I normally do, but do better at the things I’m not good at,” Howard added. Howard issued the statement after NBA superstar Deron Williams already signed a deal to play in Turkey if ever the NBA lockout remains.
Williams, the starting point-guard of the New Jersey Nets said many NBA players could decide to play overseas if the lockout continues. Howard, who usually plays center but can also play power forward, had an outstanding high school career at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy.
He chose to forgo college and entered the 2004 NBA Draft, and was selected first overall by the Magic. A five-time All-NBA team selection, four-time All-Defensive member, and three-time Defensive Player of the Year, Howard has been ranked consistently as one of the best in the league in rebounds, blocks, field goal percentage and free throw attempts, and has set numerous franchise and league records.
He has led the Magic to three division titles and one conference title, and he was the winner of the 2008 NBA Slam Dunk Contest. In the 2008 Olympics, he was the starting center for Team USA, which went on to win the gold medal.Before he was drafted in 2004, Howard said that he wanted to use his NBA career and Christian faith to “raise the name of God within the league and throughout the world”.
In November 2009, he was named one of the 10 finalists for the Jefferson Awards for Public Service, which awards athletes for their charitable work.