Watch the Dallas Mavericks’ pitch for Dwight Howard


The Lakers weren’t the only team that unsuccessfully bid on the services of free agent center Dwight Howard.

The Dallas Mavericks made the full pitch, including an animated video promising the Mavs as the key to global domination.

On Saturday, Dallas owner Mark Cuban blogged about the state of his team and the failed Howard pursuit.


“I do have to say the meeting with Dwight was very interesting. He is a smart guy. Much smarter than people give him credit for,” wrote Cuban. “He is also a very, very good listener. Unlike most people, he spent far more time listening than talking. And he had the best response to an opening question that I have ever heard from a player, or anyone for that matter. When we asked him what his goal was, his response was very specific, ‘I want to be Epic.’ ”

Cuban acknowledged he wasn’t entirely sure Howard would fit with his team’s culture.

“We saw it as somewhat of a risk, but felt like because Dwight by all appearances and checking we did, is a good guy and with our support systems we believed we could make it work,” wrote Cuban. “If not, he was obviously a very trade-able asset. But, as everyone knows, we didn’t sign him.”

Howard certainly didn’t fit the Lakers’ culture. After a season with the team, the All-Star center signed a four-year, $88-million contract with the Houston Rockets.


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