Dwight Howard, an eight-time NBA All-Star, will travel to Taiwan to play for the Taoyuan Leopards at the highest level in the country.
The 36-year-old center wrote on social media, “I can’t wait to see the fans, eat the food, and have the best time ever … and bring a championship,”
Meanwhile, basketball is the most popular sport in Taiwan, ahead of baseball, with broadcasts of both the boys’ and girls’ high school finals taking place across the island.
Howard signed a one-year contract with the Los Angeles Lakers in 2021 after setting league records with several teams, including the Orlando Magic. Moreover, he played as a reserve for the Lakers 60 times last season, averaging 6.2 points and 5.9 rebounds. Meanwhile, throughout his NBA career, he has played in 1242 games and has averaged 15.7 points, 11.8 rebounds, and 1.8 blocks per game.
The T-1 league, which has six clubs and many players from the U.S. and Europe, includes the Leopards. However, the club did not explicitly state its agreement with Howard.