Atlanta Hawks’ center Dwight Howard was released from an Atlanta-area hospital early Monday morning after checking in likely due to symptoms of dehydration, Chris Vivlamore of the Atlanta Journal-Constitution reports.
The newly acquired Hawks’ big man reportedly became ill during a flight back to Atlanta on Sunday night and required a hospital stay, where he was treated with fluids. The 30-year-old left the hospital around 2 a.m. this morning, per Vivlamore. He was en route back to Georgia following a trip to China.
The Hawks are conducting an exhaustive medical review of the situation, but the signs do not point to anything that should threaten Howard’s health going forward.
He spent 10 days in China while doing a promotional tour with shoe manufacturer Peak, a Chinese company which unveiled Howard’s new shoe product featuring Hawks’ colors in light of the perennial All-Star aligning with his fourth NBA franchise this summer. The phrase “Be Gr8” is embroidered on the shoes’ tongues. Entering his 13th NBA season, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year changed his number from 12 to 8, explaining the slogan.
Howard has worked out with a personal shooting coach in China, posting several videos to social media, including one as recently as four days ago.
Signed to a three-year, $70.5 million free agent contract back in July, Howard, barring an unexpected development, looks like he should be ready to suit up when it comes time for the Hawks to convene for training camp later this month. He is coming off of a season in which he played 71 games for the Houston Rockets, and even though his scoring and rebounding numbers aren’t what they were at his peak, the physically imposing post presence should be expected to be a top-tier defensive deterrent for a revamped Hawks team this season.