Howard, via The Doug Gottlieb Show:
I played a prank on my mom. I wanted to see her reaction. So, I told her, I said, “Mom, I just got this big contract, 150 million.” And she was all, “Oh my god. From who?” I said, “Utah Jazz.” And she started crying. And I said, “Mom, I’m sorry, I was just joking. I’m coming home to Atlanta.” Then, she was super happy, and my family was super excited. This city has been great.
Because Howard has never won in the playoffs (he led a team to the NBA Finals) nor improved (his defense and post moves are way more refined), we’re required to treat this as another example of Howard being unfocused and too concerned with cracking jokes.
It’s too bad we can’t laugh at this, because it’d be pretty funny.