After Desperate Attempt to Lure Kevin Durant and More to Taiwan, Dwight Howard’s Failure Resurfaces in Hilarious Clip

Published 09/03/2023, 2:28 PM EDT

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Dwight Howard, an 8-time NBA All-Star, recently transitioned to the T1 pro basketball league in Taoyuan City, Taiwan. In November 2022, the ex-Lakers star signed with the ‘Taoyuan Leopards‘, and has since become quite the celebrity in Taiwan. His status has grown even more with his recent social media posts, where he is calling out to all basketball players, including Kevin Durant, to join him in Taiwan.

After the failed recruitment mission of Dwight Howard to lure players into the T1 league. A hilarious video surfaces on the internet, sending waves of laughter.

Dwight Howard is alone in Taiwan after failed recruitment


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Howard recently issued a humorous invitation to NBA stars Kevin Durant, James Harden, Chris Paul, and Julius Randle, who had all been eliminated in the playoffs, to join him in the T1 League. In November of last year, Dwight Howard, three-time Defensive Player of the Year and 2020 NBA Champion, shifted to Taiwan after mostly fading out of the limelight in the NBA. Spending a season with the Taoyuan Leopards, the former Los Angeles Lakers big man, has found a great deal of joy in his current home.

So much so that the 1st pick from the 2004 NBA Draft is now hoping to share his joy with more NBA players.


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Following the incidents with Dwight Howard, a funny clip surfaced on the internet that ridiculed Dwight Howard for turning into a Chinese man. The deleted Instagram reel had animated fans of the NBA who mocked him for his failed recruitment in Taiwan.

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However, the Taiwanese league recruitment of Dwight Howard didn’t go as planned. The player has to return to the NBA world.

A short-lived epoch


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Dwight Howard was having the time of his life in Taiwan. The first season with Tayuan Leopards was quite impactful for the NBA great.

He even posed in many commercials, exhilarating his alternative lifestyle. However, his Taiwan tenure didn’t end well after he was asked to take a pay cut of 65%. Howard signed a $1 million contract initially, but his time in Taiwan was cut short after just one season.

According to Howard, the paycut request felt ‘disrespectful’ to him. After all, he was working hard to improve the brand value of the league and bring more players overseas.


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What do you think about Dwight Howard’s international adventure? Did it earn a fruitful result or just a notorious fame?


Written by:

Nima Murugan


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Nima Murugan is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. With a Master's in English Literature, she provides detailed analysis of the games. Nima developed an interest in the NBA after witnessing the greatness of LeBron James and she continues to support the Los Angeles Lakers with passion.
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Aakash Nair