The American center presents “King James” and his team with a challenge in the fight for a place on Team USA
Taouyan Leopards center Dwight Howard from Taiwan has presented Basketball Team USA with a surprising challenge. Howard, who caused a stir over the summer by claiming he was better than Nikola Jokic. He has threatened to face Taiwan and score 85 points if he is not called up for the 2024 Paris Olympics.
Howard, 37, was not claimed by an NBA team after his season in Taiwan. However, this did not stop him from lobbying for a new subpoena from the United States. In a post on Instagram, Howard shared an edited image showing his presence with potential Team USA next summer. Together with stars like LeBron James, Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant and Jayson Tatum.
Dwight Howard is challenging Team USA for the 2024 Paris Olympics
In his post, Howard challenged Team USA, saying, “I like what I see. But don’t leave your boy out…if you leave me out, I’ll play with Taiwan and score 85 points. This bold threat has sparked debate in the basketball world, with many wondering whether Team USA will take Howard’s offer seriously.
American basketball player He was already part of Team USA at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, where he met the likes of LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Carmelo Anthony and Chris Paul. The team came together with the clear goal of making up for the team’s previous “failures” at the 2004 Games and the 2006 World Cup. Despite winning the gold medal, Howard is also remembered for his spectacular dunk by Rudy Fernández in the final against Spain.
A summer full of explanations and challenges
Despite his historic involvement in 2008 Howard is unlikely to be considered for Team USA’s important mission in Paris 2024. Their threat to face Taiwan seems like a utopia, but it has added an interesting flavor to the conversation about the composition of the team. In addition to his claims of being better than Jokic and his threats against Taiwan, he also mocked the American team’s loss to Canada in the bronze medal game.
In an earlier post on his social media, he said: “I will have to take a break from my (NBA star) recruiting for Taiwan because the United States needs some attention next summer. Let me get back to recruiting (players for Team USA)! The Redemption Team Part 2! Nobody beats us or says we are too old. Me, Melo (Carmelo Anthony) and Wade still have something left in the tank,” even though the latter two are already retired.
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