The Atlanta Hawks formally introduced Dwight Howard to the media on Wednesday morning in a press conference at the William Walker Recreation Center.
Along with introducing Howard, the Hawks hand Kent Bazemore on had, to welcome him back to Atlanta, and acknowledge the 4-year contract that the swingman had signed, keeping him in a Hawks uniform for the near future.
Baze got emotional in the presser, explaining how Atlanta is the perfect situation for him and how he couldn’t leave:
“I said I wouldn’t get emotional, but I just love it here...Why walk away from something so perfect?” @ATLHawks' #24 pic.twitter.com/ZaGJQ8MCya— FOX Sports Southeast (@FOXSportsSE) July 13, 2016
Howard got emotional as well, as he was being introduced in his hometown. He joked about becoming a meme because of crying, and he also got a new number:
New number. pic.twitter.com/G21Xst9z7q— Chris Vivlamore (@CVivlamoreAJC) July 13, 2016
The two players fielded questions from media and fans alike for about 50 minutes before Howard’s jersey was unveiled. In all, the press conference was a good one, with tears and smiles all around, ushering in a new era of Atlanta Hawks basketball.