For­mer Magic star opens up

Dwight Howard talks about death of his son’s mother

Orlando Sentinel - - Sports Weekend - By Roy Parry Email Roy Parry at rparry@or­lan­dosen­

Los An­ge­les Lak­ers cen­ter and for­mer Or­lando Magic star Dwight Howard told re­porters Fri­day the mother of his 6-year-old son died nearly six weeks ago.

Howard, who was a six­time all-star dur­ing his eight sea­sons with the Magic from 2004 to 2012, re­vealed the news dur­ing a video­con­fer­ence with re­porters. Howard said she had epilepsy and died from a seizure, ac­cord­ing to the As­so­ci­ated Press’ Greg Beacham.

Howard is in his home­town of At­lanta and with his son. Howard has been train­ing in Ge­or­gia with the NBA sea­son sus­pended due to the coro­n­avirus pan­demic.

Ac­cord­ing to USA To­day’s Mark Me­d­ina, Howard stayed in touch with his son’s mother and at­tended her fu­neral. Howard said her death caused him to “just be grate­ful for life,” ac­cord­ing to ESPN’s Dave


Sports Il­lus­trated re­ported in 2017 that Howard had five chil­dren, all with dif­fer­ent moth­ers. In the ar­ti­cle, Howard said he main­tained close re­la­tion­ships with all his kids.

“It’s a tough sit­u­a­tion, ob­vi­ously,” Howard told SI. “I should have been more re­spon­si­ble. I messed up. I sinned. But I won’t look at any of them as a mis­take. They’re all a bless­ing to me.”

The Magic made Howard the No. 1 over­all pick in the 2004 draft. Five years later he helped lead the team to the NBA Fi­nals, where the Magic lost to Kobe Bryant and the Los An­ge­les Lak­ers in six games.

In 62 games this sea­son, Howard is av­er­ag­ing 7.5 points and 7.4 re­bounds for the Lak­ers.


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