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Philadelphia 76ers’ Dwight Howard ejected after receiving ’20 title ring in return to Staples Center

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LOS ANGELES – Dwight Howard flashed a wide smile across his face before the Philadelphia 76ers faced the Los Angeles Lakers on Thursday night, receiving his 2020 championship ring with fellow former Laker Danny Green.

Howard, making his return to Staples Center, was ejected between the first and second quarters, as referee Kane Fitzgerald called a technical foul on Howard for intentionally walking into Lakers big man Montrezl Harrell on his way to Philadelphia’s bench after the buzzer sounded.

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Harrell pushed Howard away from him and continued toward the Lakers’ bench, turning to wave goodbye to the three-time Defensive Player of the Year winner while he pleaded his case with Fitzgerald.

At the outset of free agency in November, Howard tweeted, “I’m staying right where I belong. Laker nation I love y’all. Purple and gold never gets old.”

In a bizarre turn of events he quickly deleted the tweet and ended up inking a one-year, $2.6 million contract with Philadelphia.

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