Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard's stay in hospital was only short

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Dwight Howard's preparations for the new NBA season hit a snag yesterday after it was reported he was taken to hospital due to dehydration.

The new Atlanta Hawks man was treated with fluids and quickly released on Monday after returning from China, where he was on a promotional tour with his shoe sponsor, Peak. 

Howard has been working hard on different aspects of his game as tip-off approaches and his trip to the hospital will have no ill-effects on his chances of playing in the opener. 

The former Orlando Magic, L.A. Lakers and Houston Rockets center is a big draw in China, and that has been the case since he first entered the league with the Sunshine State franchise. He even starred in a film alongside Carmelo Anthony in the Asian nation.

He was taken to hospital after feeling unwell on a flight to Atlanta, and while dehydration is easy to treat, it shows some problems with his body that will have to be carefully monitored.

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Dwight is hoping to have a big impact on his home franchise. If the old Howard can return then the Hawks have an animal on their hands, if not, then the 3-year, $70.5 million contract they gave him could prove to be a big mistake. 

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