Howard quickly took to Charlotte. Before he played a minute for the Hornets there was already a Dwight Howard Boys & Girls Club in town, paired with a $100,000 donation.
“I don’t want to be celebrated coming here just to help this team play basketball,” he said, “but to really help this community grow.”
In his spare time Howard says you might catch him getting a pedicure or going to the movies.
You will definitely catch him playing Legos. His latest is a Stars Wars piece from the new film, and he’s got more coming.
They take 6 or 7 hours to complete, Howard says, and he does them while watching film or having his body worked on.
Oh, and there’s the 700-acre farm in North Georgia. He has 59 cows, 200 hogs, Texas Longhorns, and his favorite – donkeys. It’s insinuated one ass is named after a real person, but Howard won’t reveal who.
The venture was inspired by trips to the country to visit his grandparents.
“Every time we would go visit my grandparents we would drive by these big fields and I would see cows, horses, and all different types of animals and stuff like that.
he said. “I thought man that would be wonderful if I had my own farm one day.”
Howard hopes to one day retire to the farm as a Hall of Famer. Something that statistically might seem obvious. But there’s inconsistency, a lack of championships, a game which no longer values a traditional big man. And of course, a perception.
“It doesn’t matter what all those people say,” he said. “At the end of the day I know who I am and I know what I’ve accomplished. The great thing about it is I’m still not done yet.”
Another call could come. Jordan could call Howard this offseason and say he’s been traded. He’s upped his value with a solid season. He’s due $23 million next season. He could help a contender.