Dwight Howard admitted he was surprised when he didn't find his name on the NBA 75 Anniversary Team was announced. Howard, 36, is one of the most accomplished players from his generation. Howard is an eight-time NBA All-Star, a five-time All-NBA First-Team, three times was the NBA Defensive Player of the Year, five times led the NBA in rebounds and twice led the league in blocks.
Also, Howard became an NBA champion in 2020 when he helped the Los Angeles Lakers win the championship in the bubble. “I was very surprised that I wasn’t put on the list. When I saw that I wasn’t on the list, I was really upset.
I really was just wanting to say, do I even want to play basketball no more? Like, what am I playing for? I’ve did all this stuff, I’ve accomplished all these things. I feel like I’ve been a great ambassador for the NBA and the game globally.
I feel like that was just the disrespect, total disrespect," Howard told Shannon Sharpe on Club Shay Shay, per Sports Illustrated.
Howard still hasn't retired
Howard, who will be turning 37 in December, still isn't retired.
After his contract with the Lakers came to an end, Howard didn't receive much interest or many offers this past offseason. During his appearance on Sharpe's podcast, Howard was asked about the idea of him joining the Golden State Warriors.
“Oh man, that’s perfect. I’ve been a warrior my whole life; I started out at my school as a warrior. They need a big. I know they have Kevon Looney and I know they have the young blood [James] Wiseman, but I’m Dwight Howard," Howard said.
Last season, Howard didn't have a meaningful role with the Lakers and the general expectation was that Howard wouldn't be offered a new contract by the Lakers. It remains to be seen if Howard will receive another NBA opportunity.