Dwight Howard Has Changed Nickname From ‘Superman’ to ‘Rocket Man’

Apr 5, 2013; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard (12) warms-up before a game against the Memphis Grizzlies at the Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Jake Roth-USA TODAY Sports

Do you think this guys likes attention? Maybe just a little?

At his introductory press conference, Turner Sports’ Rachel Nichols (of ESPN fame) says Dwight Howard wanted everybody to know he’s no longer “Superman”, a moniker he used in both Orlando and Los Angeles. Now, after signing his maximum contract in Clutch City, the big man wants to be known as “Rocket Man”. And no, I’m not kidding.

Per Miss Nichols:

Howard intro-ed with: “He’s not Superman anymore, he’s Rocket Man.”

Here’s a few more interesting blurbs from Dwight’s intro presser:

Dwight Howard: “I’m not going to get up here & say we’re going to win 5 championships, I’m not going to do that.”

More Howard: “But I think if we really dedicate ourselves & sacrifice everything, at the end of the season we should be holding up a trophy”

There’s no word if Howard simply picked the name “Rocket Man” because of the obvious connection to the Rockets, or if he was trying to delve a little deeper into his decision to leave the Los Angeles Lakers by using the name of the popular Elton John song :

The lyrics in the song, inspired by a short story written by Ray Bradbury and written by John’s longtime collaborator Bernie Taupin, describe a Mars-bound astronaut’s mixed feelings at leaving his family in order to do his job.

Topics: Dwight Howard, Houston Rockets

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