Dwight Howard explains origin of his Superman outfit

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The origin of Dwight Howard's Superman outfit
Friday November 7th, 2014

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard detailed the origin of the Superman outfit he wore in the 2008 NBA Slam Dunk Contest in a preview of a new documentary about his life.

In a clip from "In The Moment," Howard explained how he texted his cousin the night before the contest to help him procure the ensemble. The cousin found a complete outfit that even came with boots, which Howard didn't wear.

"I said, 'Man, I can't wear no boots out here for the Dunk Contest. Man, you trippin'," Howard recalled.

A member of the Orlando Magic at the time, Howard took off his jersey on the court as he prepared for a dunk, revealing the Superman outfit beneath. His then-teammate Jameer Nelson helped Howard don his cape, eliciting cheers from the crowd.  

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In another clip from the film, Howard named Hall of Fame point guard Magic Johnson - who did television play-by-play for Howard's famous 'Superman' dunk during the contest - as his inspiration as a child.

Howard said that he would watch a Johnson workout video and then attempt to replicate Magic's moves in his driveway.

Howard, 28, is averaging 19.7 points, 11.5 rebounds and 1.8 blocks this season for the 6-0 Rockets.

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"In The Moment" premieres Nov. 12 at 8 p.m. ET on Epix.​

- Paul Palladino 

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