Dwight Howard reveals harrowing reason behind his happy persona

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Dwight Howard is one of the biggest jokers in the NBA.

When the Houston Rockets center is not laughing on the court, he is often seen posting hilarious videos on Instagram or joking with fans and teammates.

But on his new TV show 'The Dwight Howard Show', which aired for the first time this week, Howard revealed a serious reason behind his almost constant good mood:

"I enjoy life. For those of you who don't know this, my mom lost seven kids. Seven! That's a lot of kids. And I was supposed to be No. 8," the eight-time All-Star revealed.

"I was two months premature. Very, very small baby. My dad could hold me in the palm of his hand - that small. That's very small. I wasn't supposed to be here...

"But I made it! So, I'm happy. I'm going to smile. I'm going to enjoy my life. I'm going to have fun, because I wasn't supposed to be here," he explained early in the first episode.

Howard's mother has previously discussed the miscarriages, but it is interesting to see Howard frankly discuss the impact such a harrowing event has had on him as he has grown into the NBA star we now know.

The rest of the episode show's exactly why Howard has developed a reputation as a happy-go-lucky guy as the camera crew follows him around during the recent All-Star even in New Orleans.

But footage also shows the dedication the ex-Laker and Magic man puts in - showing him practicing on the court until 1.30am on the Saturday night of All- Star Weekend.

And his revelation concerning his motivation is an interesting insight into a player who is finding his form again in Houston.


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