P. LEAGUE+ & T1 LEAGUE/Former NBA star Dwight Howard arrives in Taiwan

11/10/2022 11:20 PM
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Dwight Howard comes to Taiwan with a big hug at the lobby of Taoyuan International Airport on Thursday night. Photo taken from Taoyuan Leopards
Dwight Howard comes to Taiwan with a big hug at the lobby of Taoyuan International Airport on Thursday night. Photo taken from Taoyuan Leopards' Facebook

Taipei, Nov. 10 (CNA) Former NBA superstar Dwight Howard, who surprised fans by signing with the Taoyuan Leopards in Taiwan's T-1 League, arrived in Taiwan Thursday to great fanfare.

Howard's flight landed at Taoyuan International Airport at around 10:30 p.m. He signed autographs for fans before posing for photos with representatives from the Taoyuan Leopards.

"I appreciate each & every one of the people that genuinely want to see me win," Howard wrote in an Instagram post Thursday before boarding his flight to Taiwan.

"My goal is to put smiles on [people's] faces all across the world & spread positivity, so being able to play the sport I love while accomplishing that goal is a blessing. Taiwan superman is on the way," he wrote.

Howard, nicknamed "Superman," will make his first public appearance in Taiwan at a press conference on Saturday prior to the Taoyuan Leopards' workout.

Howard will wear his signature number "12" as a Leopard this upcoming season, Taoyuan Leopards General Manager Bret Su (蘇翊傑) told reporters on Tuesday. However, Su refused to reveal too much information, urging Taiwan basketball fans not to miss Saturday's press conference.

Dwight Howard signs autographs for fans waiting for him at the lobby of Taoyuan International Airport upon landing his feet on Taiwan on Thursday night. CNA photo Nov. 10, 2022
Dwight Howard signs autographs for fans waiting for him at the lobby of Taoyuan International Airport upon landing his feet on Taiwan on Thursday night. CNA photo Nov. 10, 2022

Howard made four short stops in Taiwan in 2005, 2010, and 2013, but this is the first time he will play for a Taiwan professional franchise.

According to Su, the 36-year-old veteran has agreed to play for the Leopards for an entire season for a historical-high salary of more than US$200,000 per month.

(By Chao Yen-hsiang)

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Dwight Howard signs autographs for fans during his first visit to Taiwan in 2005. CNA file photo
Dwight Howard signs autographs for fans during his first visit to Taiwan in 2005. CNA file photo

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