Dwight Howard ‘would love to help’ Kings fight for title

Eight-time NBA All-Star and three-time Defensive Player of the Year Dwight Howard is considering a return to the league.

He would also like to light the beam.

“I’m not retired from the NBA yet,” Howard told Mark Haynes of the Sacramento Observer. “I would love to help the Sacramento Kings fight for a title. Although I believe their team is pretty much ready.

Howard spent last season playing for the Taoyuan Leopards in Taiwan after an illustrious 18-year NBA career. He averaged 23.2 points and 16.2 rebounds in 34.9 minutes per game for the Leopards, who went 6-24 and finished last in the T1 League standings.

The Kings, under new head coach Mike Brown, have gone from being laughing stock in the NBA to legitimate playoff contenders. Sacramento, with its pair of All-Stars De’Aaron Fox and Domantas Sabonis, ended its 17-year playoff drought and took the defending champion Golden State Warriors to Game 7 in their first-round playoff series .

Brown established a winning culture in Sacramento unparalleled since Rick Adelman roamed the bench in the early 2000s. He was unanimously named the 2022-23 NBA Coach of the Year.

“I love Mike Brown,” Howard told Haynes. “I think he’s an incredible coach, and what he’s achieved this year is very impressive.”

Howard, who was the most dominant center in the NBA at the height of his career, turns 38 in December. And even if the Kings look to find a backup center in the draft or free agency this summer, Howard is more likely to be back in Taiwan next season.

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