It was an emotional roller coaster of a day for new Atlanta Hawks’ center Dwight Howard and for returning forward-guard Kent Bazemore.

Both players, along with GM Wes Wilcox, Coach Bud, the media, locals kids and fans all gathered at the William Walker Rec Center. The location was special because, as a kid, Howard grew up playing there. At the time it was the Ben Hill Park Rec Center.

Both Bazemore and Howard became emotional when talking about why they chose to sign with the Hawks and why they chose the city, as much as the team.

Bazemore took less money than he could have gotten to stay in Atlanta and Howard has finally made his way back home.

After the press conference, Howard made his way over to the 92-9 The Game studios for an interview with Dukes & Bell and then down to V-103 to sit down with Big Tigger.

Watch the Dukes & Bell interview above.

Watch Howard and Bazemore get emotional below.



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