Dwight Howard Had His First Sip Of Alcohol In July, And Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Made Him Weep
Matt Rudnitsky 09:02 pm, October 23rd, 2012
Sports Illustrated's Lee Jenkins wrote a cover story on the NBA's 2012 Popularity Contest Champion, new Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard. The issue comes out Wednesday, but some excerpts appeared on SI's website today, and by all accounts, this will be an issue worth picking up. Here are some highlights of the highlights:
Jenkins writes that Howard, who attended high school at a Christian Academy (Ga.), felt “sheltered” upon his arrival in the NBA and wakes up early every morning to read the Bible. Until this summer, Howard says he had never had an adult beverage.
Adult beverage... what's that? Capri Sun in a glass?
On the night of Aug. 10, when Howard was dealt to the Lakers, he went to dinner at Mastro’s in Beverly Hills, and a large group of strangers invited him to their private room. “They said, ‘Dwight, we want to welcome you to L.A. and make a toast to you and your new journey here,’ ” Howard recalls. “I told them, ‘Thank you, but I don’t drink, I’ve never had a drink before.’ And then I thought about it, and I was like, You know what, I think this deserves a drink.” He clinked glasses and lifted one to his lips.
Must have been Mike's HARD Lemonade. What else could be SUPERMAN'S first adult beverage?
Oh, and Kobe Bryant had some things to say about Dwight:
Howard is more outgoing than [Steve] Nash, more benevolent than Bryant and more dedicated to the dirty work than O’Neal. The similarities between the two amiable big men are mostly superficial. “Shaq was a goofball, but Shaq was a big a–hole,” Bryant says. “And I was a little a–hole.”
Kobe called himself an a-hole!
Howard lived at a hotel for five months this summer and the staff made a point of stocking his room with Skittles and Starburst.
His “favorite pastimes” during his rehabilitation, according to Jenkins? “Building Legos, playing video games and watching cartoon movies.”
There's also mention of Howard bawling when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar told him he "had athleticism like Wilt Chamberlain and Bill Russell.”
He has feelings, you guys!
Read the whole thing, and listen to Richard Deitsch's podcast with Jenkins here.