You never know if Dwight Howard is telling the truth or not, so it is entirely possibly this is a bold face lie. Similar to the one he told at his introductory press conference about the old lady (who became a young lady) who showed up outside of his hotel everyday begging him to sign with Lakers.
Maybe he did cry, maybe he didn’t. it is irrelevant in the long run.
Dwight Howard has one job and one job only, to get Kobe Bryant his sixth ring. That is something that Kobe isn’t going to let him forget.
Here is what Dwight had to say about his debut.
As the bright lights of the Hollywood stage enveloped Howard in the embrace of a deafening din, the strangest thing happened to the planet’s most dominant, most indomitable force: The moment moved him to tears.
“Emotional,” Howard would say outside his locker Sunday night. “A very humbling experience.”
On the occasion of his preseason Lakers debut, perhaps his truest and most important introduction to this most scrutinized job in sports – center for the Los Angeles Lakers – had come after the tears and ovation and his teammates pranking him by pushing Howard to lead them out of the tunnel – only to stop and let him run out there alone. For one, Kobe Bryant doesn’t do basketball laugh tracks, nor condone them.
“I don’t play those games,” he grumbled later.
If Dwight wanted to cry about something, it should have been Thomas Robinson putting him on a poster, but I digress.