Dwight Howard looked destined to be an absolute top star when he first arrived in the league as the number one pick back in 2004.
He led the Orlando Magic back to prominence and was a superstar glass cleaner with a dangerous presence in the paint. Unfortunately, moves to the L.A. Lakers and then the Houston Rockets didn't help to grow the center the way many thought they might.
Now the eight-time All-Star has signed with his hometown team, the Atlanta Hawks, he revealed during an appearance on “The Dan Patrick Show” that he is hoping for a new beginning with a new number.
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“Well, I’ve had No. 12 my whole life and I just felt like I needed a change. I wanted something different,” he said, as transcribed by Colby Giacubeno of Fansided. “I wanted to come in with a different mentality.
"A different me. And you know, the No. 8 has a lot of great meanings and the one that stood out was the new beginning and new life.
“It’s just so ironic that my birthday is December 8th and you know, I was supposed to be dead. My mom lost seven kids and I was supposed to be the eighth one and I ended up being the eighth one that lived out of all the ones that passed away. So it has some significance in my life.”
At 30-years-old, Howard still has plenty to offer any franchise in the league, especially a contending team like the Hawks who have just lost Al Horford from their pool of big men.
Can the three-time Defensive Player of the Year reach those heights again?