Not that it has automatically cemented his future here in Los Angeles, but Dwight Howard has professed he wants to become an actor someday.
He performs goofy practical jokes on teammates, reporters and equipment managers alike. Howard loves imitating voices. And he never met a camera or microphone he didn’t like.
So it should come as no surprise that Howard’s spending this offseason appearing in a video for RelativitySports where he read lines from “Forrest Gump” and “300.” Howard actually did the same thing with the 300 bit, delivering an impromptu speech before the Lakers’ season finale against Houston, a game that could’ve determined whether they’d make the playoffs.
A few camerman playfully cajoled Howard into giving a mock motivational speech to them. Howard immediately broke into character as a warrior from the movie “300″ clenching both his muscles and his lower jaw.
“Listen, they don’t think we can do it,” Howard said as he paced in front of a few cameraman. “It’s 300 of us against all the Persians! We have to come out tonight. We got to look death in the eyes and say we don’t care if we die! We go hard!”
Howard then starting mentioning members of the Lakers, including himself.
“Kobe is watching us at home,” Howard said. “Dr Buss is watching us up high! Let’s let it out tonight! Everything we got! Everything! Leave it on the floor! Pau, put your big boy pants on! Dwight, hit your free throws! Jodie, hit those threes boy! Now let’s get it! Now let’s bring it in! Hoorah!”
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