While Dwight Howard receives plenty of criticism these days, there’s little doubt he’s made his mark in the NBA.

Despite being just 30 years of age, Howard has accomplished more in his NBA career than just about all of his peers. He’s a three-time Defensive Player of the Year, an eight-time All-Star and he has led the league in rebounding and blocks multiple times.

With all of that said, the Houston Rockets center appeared on TNT’s “Inside the NBA” on Tuesday night and revealed two basketball figures that led to his motivation of becoming one of the top players of his generation—Charles Barkley and Magic Johnson:

The 6-foot-11 center may receive a lot of flack for appearing disinterested in some games, but this interview revealed a lot of what has driven Howard to achieving success in the NBA.

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