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Dwight Howard Honors Kobe Bryant With His Superman Outfit During The NBA Dunk Contest

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By Clark Sparky

Dwight Howard returned to the NBA Dunk Contest for the first time in 11 years on Saturday night, and the current Laker honored the late Kobe Bryant with his outfit.

Howard broke out the same Superman outfit he wore during the 2009 dunk contest, except this time he added Bryant's number 24 to the chest.

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He told reporters that the original stunt was actually supposed to involve Bryant. Howard said that Kobe was going to bring Howard the Superman cape on the court before his dunk.

Howard opened up about Bryant's death recently, and their complicated relationship.

"For me, it's super sad because I really wanted to tell him how much I appreciate everything he's done, all the things he's said. Even at the time that we were on the same team, we didn't understand each other," Howard told ESPN. "But I saw a different Kobe, and I even saw a change in myself. And I'm pretty sure he saw it. I just wanted to be able to tell him how I felt about him, and I never got the chance to. That was really the most heartbreaking part. Every day it's been on my mind. It's something that I've just got to deal with, just show the fans in this city that I'm willing to do whatever it takes."

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Kobe's wife Vanessa opened up this week about the mourning process she's going through after losing her husband and daughter, Gianna, in the January 26 helicopter crash.

"I’ve been reluctant to put my feelings into words. My brain refuses to accept that both Kobe and Gigi are gone," she wrote on Instagram. "I can’t process both at the same time. It’s like I’m trying to process Kobe being gone but my body refuses to accept my Gigi will never come back to me. It feels wrong. Why should I be able to wake up another day when my baby girl isn’t being able to have that opportunity?! I’m so mad. She had so much life to live."

She continued, "Then I realize I need to be strong and be here for my 3 daughters. Mad I’m not with Kobe and Gigi but thankful I’m here with Natalia, Bianka and Capri. I know what I’m feeling is normal. It’s part of the grieving process. I just wanted to share in case there’s anyone out there that’s experienced a loss like this. God I wish they were here and this nightmare would be over. Praying for all of the victims of this horrible tragedy. Please continue to pray for all."

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