"I said, 'Utah Jazz,' and she started crying."
Dwight Howard inked a three-year $70.5 million deal this offseason to come home and play for his hometown team, the Atlanta Hawks which is something his mother had been dreaming of.
Although, she only found out the good news after Dwight tricked her into believing he was heading to Utah instead, some 1,800 miles away from where his mother resides. Howard appeared on the Doug Gottlieb Show earlier this week to explain how he broke the free agency news to his mother:
"I played a prank on my mom," Howard told Doug Gottlieb. "I wanted to see her reaction, so I told her, I said, 'Mom, I just got this big contract, $150 million.' And she was like, 'Oh my God, from who?' I said, 'Utah Jazz,' and she started crying. And I said, 'Mom, sorry, I was just joking, I'm coming home to Atlanta.' And then she was super happy and my family was super excited."
It's worth noting, the Jazz are a solid squad that could make the playoffs in the Western Conference this season but all that mothers like Sherryl care about is having their baby boy close to home. And things are working out well for Howard in ATL thus far, as he has the Hawks out to an 8-2 record while averaging 15 & 12 with nearly two blocks per game.