CHICAGO — Dwight Howard paid tribute to Kobe Bryant in his return to the NBA Slam Dunk Contest on Saturday night.
In his second dunk of the night, Howard pulled out his signature Superman costume with a blue shirt and red cape. Then he revealed that Bryant’s No. 24 was written across the Superman logo in red letters.
Howard received an alley-oop for a tomahawk slam that garnered a score of 49 from the five-judge panel.
In Howard’s first dunk he received a score of 41 for a hanging (with a pose) 180 windmill.
Howard, who won the dunk contest back in 2008, has revived his career this season as a reserve big man for the Los Angeles Lakers in his second stint with the team. The 34-year-old returned as one of the oldest participants in the dunk contest’s history.
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Howard and Bryant were teammates during the 2012-13 season before Howard left for the Houston Rockets.
Howard was an eight-time NBA All-Star but saw his career start to fade off in 2016, spending injury-plagued and uninspired seasons with the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets and Washington Wizards before his return to Los Angeles.
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