Dwight Howard of the Houston Rockets basketball team interacting with kids at the Dubai Star Sports Complex.
Dubai - Nearly hundred young hoopsters discussed basket ball in general with Houston Rockets centre Dwight Howard.
It is not usual to have the opportunity to talk to a NBA star in this part of the world, as was possible for a group of enthusiastic youngsters, parents and coaches on Friday evening at the Dubai Star Sports complex in Al Khawaneej, Dubai.
Nearly hundred young hoopsters discussed the sport in general with Houston Rockets centre Dwight Howard who helped the US clinch the gold medal at the Beijing Olympics in 2008.
While talking to the Khaleej Times, he said: "I am here on a short break and I am still soaking up the great atmosphere for sports even after a week's stay."
The 29-year old star stands 6ft 11in tall and his scoring abilities as a centre in the NBA has been a highlight all these years since he made his debut on the big stage for Orlando Magic in 2004.
Before joining ranks with his present outfit in Houston, he turned out for the LA Lakers during the 2012-13 season.
"I reckon I still have a good 10 years left. The whole idea is to keep enjoying what we do and how well we can gel with our teammates and support staff at the clubs," Howard who opted to become a professional after high school, said.
"The NBA is one long road and the short time we get as breaks between our flights and road trips have to be used for chilling and eating the right kind of food.
"Only thing to remember is not to get tense about it.
"Total commitment and maintaining a sense of humour keeps us going without major problems especially when you fight off niggling injuries," Howard said.
Howard's trip here, promoted by Fountain Events, will also see him meeting sports officials apart from getting to know the emirate better.
"This has been a wonderful time off with so many people coming forward to be of assistance to make the stay an enjoyable one," he said.