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Here's What Dwight Howard Had to Say About Playing Into His 40s

Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports
Kim Klement-USA TODAY Sports

I’ll avoid making the joke about eight kids or years of child support, because I just don’t think Dwight Howard’s body will allow him to play past 35, let alone 41.

Moments before taking the court against the Magic in Orlando, Howard discussed his desire to play well into his 40s with the Houston Chronicle.

“That’d be fun if I was to play this game (that long.)

“That was always my goal, to play 20 years, 20-something years in this league. I’m extremely happy and blessed to have been able to play this game for as long as I have been so far.

“I have played a lot of minutes. I’ve been doing a lot since I came into the league. I’m thankful. I’m not going to complain about it. I’m happy that I’ve been able to play 12 years so far. A lot of NBA players never played this long so I am very happy and blessed that I’ve been able to play 12 years in the NBA. Hopefully, I can play another 10, but the time I’ve played, I’ve enjoyed it.”

Dwight would have to pull off the same feat that Kobe Bryant is set to finish: playing 20-plus years in the NBA.

-- Glenn Erby

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