John Oliver is known for being one of the funniest voices on late night television, and he's even got some sports jokes on top of his political commentary.
On HBO's "Last Week Tonight," Oliver did a small segment discussing the general concept of international trade, not specifically regarding basketball or sports. However, the host couldn't refuse the opportunity to mention one of the NBA's most washed up big men, Dwight Howard, and teams that have traded for him.
John Oliver: "Seriously parents, talk to your children about trade. You don't want them to go to school with pizza lunchables and come home with Dwight Howard." pic.twitter.com/Qgg6IDM7vu— Tom Johnson (@bythomasjohnson) August 20, 2018
"Our main story tonight concerns trade, which you'll have to do very carefully, or else you'll end up with Dwight Howard," Oliver said.
Of course, Oliver is hinting at a well-known fact: teams that have acquired Howard haven't really seen the type of success that they were expecting when they first got him -- just ask the Los Angeles Lakers, Houston Rockets, Atlanta Hawks, and Charlotte Hornets. The Washington Wizards will also be able to tell you the same thing in about a year or so.
The Nets will be Dwight Howard's 6th NBA team. The only other 5-time 1st-team All-NBA selection to play for that many teams in his entire NBA career is Shaquille O'Neal (6). pic.twitter.com/s5nSWqUAk3— ESPN Stats & Info (@ESPNStatsInfo) June 20, 2018
Howard's career could arguably be considered as a Hall of Fame one, but he's just not who he used to be. He's an eight-time All-Star, three-time Defensive Player of the Year, and led his team to the 2009 NBA Finals. Ever since he requested a trade to the Lakers in 2012, however, his play rapidly declined.
We wish Howard luck in his new chapter with the Wizards, but we don't know how that's going to eventually work. John Oliver doesn't seem to think that it will pan out very well, that's for sure.