Apr 24, 2017; Atlanta, GA, USA; Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard (8) goes up for the opening tip with Washington Wizards center Marcin Gortat (13) in the first quarter in game four of the first round of the 2017 NBA Playoffs at Philips Arena. Mandatory Credit: Brett Davis-USA TODAY Sports

When you think about Dwight Howard’s impressive NBA career, you think his domination with the Orlando Magic, his odd fit in Houston and his downright bizarre season in Los Angeles. What don’t you think of exactly? Last year with the Hawks.

Yes, the 32-year-old played a single season with his hometown Hawks in 2015-16. He averaged 13 points and 12 boards. It was mostly unspectacular and ended with his teammates celebrating (allegedly) his trade to the Hornets.

So, color us shocked when Howard returned to ATL last night and was greeted with a touching, special video showcasing how much he meant to the team and the community.


The NBA is confusing as heck. This is a league where Isaiah Thomas, who played multiple MVP-caliber seasons with the Celtics, won’t get a tribute video in his return to Boston because Paul Pierce is one petty dude. How on earth does Dwight get one, despite doing practically nothing special during his time with the Hawks?

Well, being a hometown boy had something to do with it. But these tribute videos are getting out of hand. Let’s get rid of them – across all sports. It’s just a petty indicator at this point of whether a team like a player or not. Apparently, the Hawks liked Dwight – cool. But a tribute? Common. What’s next? Orlando doing a tribute to Jeff Green?

[For The Win]

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