Former Los Angeles Lakers star Dwight Howard signed with the Taoyuan Leopards of the T1 League earlier this month, and the 2020 NBA champion responded to Shaq’s “fitness league of a lifetime” comment.
“Stop hating,” he said, directed at Howard O’Neill. “I saw a video of you talking about me playing basketball in Taiwan, and I’m playing in the Lifetime Fitness League.”
To listen to Shaq’s full episode, go to the 12:10 mark in the YouTube video below.
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Dwight Howard continued: “Don’t disrespect my teammates and this league and these people in Taiwan. “This is very disrespectful, and hateful. And you’re too old to hate. You are too big to hate.
I will not let the enemies win. And I’m not mad. I am passionate about what I have to say. This guy apologized to my teammates and this league, basically. He called us the Lifetime Fitness League.”
When the T1 League ended the salary of foreign players to 20 thousand dollars, the officials of the league office made a special arrangement for the eight-time NBA star. Howard will receive $1 million to play overseas in Taiwan.
Dwight Howard criticized Shaq during a YouTube podcast, calling the T1 League “the fitness league of a lifetime.”
In the year On November 19, in the Leopards’ 120-115 win at CTBC DAA in New Taipei City, the three-time NBA Defensive Player of the Year finished with 38 points, 25 rebounds, nine assists and four blocks.
After watching Howard’s impressive journey, Shaq spoke about the center’s efforts in the NBA on TNT’s “The Big Podcast.” Needless to say, the NBA Hall of Famer wasn’t surprised.
“He’s got to have 30 points against a dude who’s 5’8,” Shaq said during a YouTube podcast on Dwight Howard. “Great job. This league reminds me of the Lifetime Fitness League when I go to workout on Saturdays. Great job, Dwight. I’m proud of you.”
In 1,242 career NBA games during the regular season, Dwight Howard averaged 15.7 points, 11.8 rebounds and 1.3 assists per game. Additionally, he shot 58.7% from the floor and finished with a 60.2% true shooting percentage.
Howard’s best NBA career was with the Orlando Magic. In the year On January 12, 2012, the center had 23 rebounds and 45 points in 44 minutes in the Magic’s 117-109 win over the Golden State Warriors.
“This is not a lifetime fitness league,” added Dwight Howard. “The dudes here are bigger than me. Everyone [dream and goal is to make it to the NBA]And not everyone makes it to the NBA. But we don’t need people hating other people because they aren’t there.
While Howard’s stats are inflated due to the limited talent around him, he can still play at a high level at just 37 years old. The old magic center just needs a fair critique.
Shaq isn’t exactly biased in judging other centers in NBA history. Simply put, both Shaq and Dwight Howard made reasonable points.