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Dwight Howard Wants to Play in 2016 Olympics

Feb 22, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) reacts during the game against the Portland Trail Blazers at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports

Team USA managed to capture back-to-back gold medals in last year’s Olympic games in London, but Dwight Howard was unable to represent his country in the international competition, as he was recovering from back surgery.

Howard was part of the so called redeem team, which won the gold medal at the 2008 Olympics in Beijing. He had every intention to join the team last summer, but was sidelined due to injury together with superstars such as Dwyane Wade, Derrick Rose and Chris Bosh.

According to ESPN, Howard wants to resume his international career in the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. He was also very upset that his injury made him ineligible last year:

“I was pissed off,” Howard said. “I was mad I couldn’t play in the playoffs. I was mad I couldn’t play in the Olympics. I was pissed. I was looking forward to going to London. I was looking forward to making a big run in the playoffs last season, so I wasn’t too happy about the fact that I had to have surgery and miss a lot of basketball.”

Even though Howard will be 30 years old in 2016, his services will most likely be utlized in the Olympics.

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