Dwight Howard Would Consider a WWE Career After Retiring from the NBA

The Lakers center talks wrestling while playing WWE 2K20 in this exclusive clip from Xbox Sessions.
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If you were to make a list of which current NBA stars could ever make the jump to the WWE, you’d have to put Dwight Howard pretty high on that lineup. (And Russell Westbrook—dude would make a killer heel.) I mean, Howard’s the guy who gave us one of the best-ever Slam Dunk Contest runs, tossing on a Superman cape to deliver an all-time-greatest jam in the history of the event.

Looks like a run in the wrestling ring is actually a possibility for Howard if things don’t work out with the Lakers this season. In this exclusive clip from the latest episode of Xbox Sessions, the center plays WWE 2K20 with host Rukari Austin, who asks him if he would ever consider a WWE career. Howard says, “You know what? I would do it… I would be the funniest, craziest [wrestler]. Then when I get in the ring, it’s go-time.”

Austin and Howard square off in the virtual ring in a WWE 2K20 match, and Howard, expectedly, gets pretty into it. Austin also asks him about living in Los Angeles (yeah, he hates the traffic, too), his favorite burger spot, and why he thinks big men will make a comeback in the post-Steph Curry, all-threes-everything NBA. Also, it seems like Howard despises e-scooters so much that he could get himself a spot on @birdgraveyard.

And if the NBA ever rolls with a four-point line, you can count on Howard to let it rip from there—he's even betting that he’d swish one before teammate JaVale McGee. “I heard something about a four-point line—I don’t know how true that is,” he tells Austin. “I think I’m gonna hit it first.”


You can check out the full episode after its release on Xbox’s Youtube channel and the Xbox channel on Mixer this Friday at 1 p.m. ET.

You can watch Dwight's interview with Esquire here.

This story originally appeared on Esquire.comMinor edits have been made by the editors.

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