Dwight Howard Vying for Team USA Spot in Paris Olympics, Playfully Mentions Taiwan
With Team USA’s basketball roster in need of a revamp after a lackluster FIBA World Cup performance, Dwight Howard is campaigning to earn a spot. In a playful tone, he even joked about playing for Taiwan if he’s left out.
LeBron James is reportedly interested in participating in the 2024 Paris Olympics and is recruiting stars like Stephen Curry, Kevin Durant, and Anthony Davis. Howard, impressed by the potential roster, wants in.
“I like what I see but don’t leave ya boy out… If you leave me out, I’m playing with Taiwan and I’m dropping 85,” quipped Howard.
Howard recently played for the Taiyuan Leopards in Taiwan after his 2021-22 season with the Los Angeles Lakers. He’s been enjoying his time overseas and even made lighthearted remarks about recruiting James and Chris Paul to join him.
While Howard is now 37, he boasts a respectable Team USA history. He was part of the memorable “Redeem Team” that secured a gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, contributing 10.9 points and 5.8 rebounds during the tournament.
Though dropping 85 points might be a stretch, Howard’s enthusiasm is evident. However, his Taiwan aspiration isn’t feasible, as Taiwan, competing as “Chinese Taipei,” didn’t qualify for the Olympic men’s basketball tournament in Paris. Taiwan has only qualified three times in Olympic men’s basketball, with the last appearance dating back to 1956 in Melbourne.