Minutes after landing, Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard went straight to the hospital due to dehydration. Rumors are swirling that Howard’s health condition is in question if he is fit to start training camp and play in the coming season.
According to The Atlanta Journal-Constitution, the 30-year-old Atlanta native was coming off a flight coming from China. Howard was in China on a 10-day promotional tour for the launching of his new line of shoes manufactured by Peak. In the report, Howard fell ill and needed medical attention.
Hawks Dwight Howard taken to hospital tonight after long plane flight. Every indication is that he's fine.. Dehydration believed
— Zach Klein (@ZachKleinWSB) September 12, 2016
Reports from people close to Howard stated that the eight-year NBA veteran suffered from dehydration is doing fine after treatment and released early Monday.
During his stay in China, the shoe company grabbed the opportunity to unveil their new product called “DH2” which will carry the Hawks colors.
The new line of Howard shoes will have an embroidered “Be Gr8” slogan on its tongue. The slogan coincides with Howard changing his number to 8 after signing a three-year $70.5 million contract with the Hawks this summer. No release date yet for the United States market.
Kobe Bryant's reaction after learning Dwight Howard had to be hospitalized for dehydration after a long flight. pic.twitter.com/fxiJxoWt6U
— NOT NBA Tonight (@NOTNBATonight) September 12, 2016
In between schedules, Howard also trained with a shooting coach in China to improve his perimeter arsenal. Aside from that Howard noted that he has gone to the gym to stay fit and ready for the coming season.
A 15-hour trip could have taken its toll on Howard, but with training camps opening in just two weeks health conditions could often time be alarming. The Hawks are hoping that their $70.5 million investment would not go down to waste.
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