Born on December 8, 1985, Dwight Howard is an American professional basketball player who plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA). He plays center for the LA Lakers. Howard played high school basketball at Southwest Atlanta Christian Academy. He chose not to attend college, and instead declared for the 2004 NBA draft. He was right away selected by the Orlando Magic with the first overall pick. With Orlando, Howard has set numerous franchise and league records. He led the team to the 2009 NBA Finals. Howard played eight seasons with Orlando, but was traded in 2012 to the LA Lakers.
He played for a year with the Lakers, and then went on to play various other franchises like the Houston Rockets, the Atlanta Hawks, the Charlotte Hornets, and the Washington Wizards. In 2019, Howard returned to the Lakers and won his first NBA championship in 2020. After a year with the Philadelphia 76ers, he has returned to the Lakers for a third spell with the team. Besides being an NBA champion, he is also an eight-time All-Star, eight-time All-NBA Team honoree, five-time All-Defensive Team member, and three-time Defensive Player of the Year.
Who is Dwight Howard’s wife, Te’a Cooper?
Te'a Omari Cooper is a professional basketball player. She plays in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA) for the Los Angeles Sparks. She was initially selected by the Phoenix Mercury as the 18th overall pick in the second round of the 2020 WNBA draft, but was waived just a few weeks after due to the financial implications of COVID-19 impacting their roster sizes. She was later selected by the Los Angeles Sparks, the one team she has always dreamt of playing for. Cooper was born in Montclair, New Jersey to Omar and Kindall Cooper. She has three siblings: sister Mia and twin brothers, Sharife and Omar. Basketball is a family business for the Coopers as her dad, older sister and younger twin brothers, all play or have played ball. Her brother Sharife is a point guard who plays for the Atlanta Hawks.
What is Te’a Cooper’s age and height?
Born on April 16, 1997, Te'a Omari Cooper is 24 years old. Her height is 5 feet 8 inches.
What is Te’a Cooper’s net worth?
Te'a Cooper’s net worth is about $2 million. Besides professional basketball, she is quite active on social media and has a massive fan following. She endorses several clothing brands and products in her platform.
What does Te’a Cooper do for a living?
Te’a Cooper is a professional basketball player who plays in the WNBA. She plays for the team of Los Angeles Sparks. Cooper attended McEachern High School where she played high school ball. McEachern High School was undefeated as they finished 33–0, in her freshman year. She shot 65 percent from the field. In 2012, 2014 and 2015, she won three Georgia 6A State titles. She was also the co-MVP of the 2015 McDonald's All-American game, and has also played in the Jordan Brand Classic. She had her choice of colleges to pick from as a highly touted prospect, and finally played with the Lady Vols at the University of Tennessee.
However, following her freshman year, she suffered a left knee injury that kept her sidelined for the entirety of the season. She transferred to South Carolina then and then eventually played college basketball for the Baylor Lady Bears. In April, 2020, she heard her name called as the Phoenix Mercury selected the Baylor guard with the 18th overall pick in the second round of the WNBA draft. But unfortunately the Phoenix Mercury were forced to cut some of their players from the team in May 2020, including Te'a Cooper due to the global pandemic from COVID-19. The Los Angeles Sparks then transferred some of the Phoenix Mercury players including Cooper who was picked to play as a point guard.
With the LA Sparks, Te’a went on to have a successful rookie season. She averaged 7 points per game and shot 45 percent from the field by playing an average of 17 minutes off the bench. Cooper had one of her best games of the season against the Washington Mystics where she scored 10 points with 3 assists, all within 19 minutes of playing time on August 13, 2020. She also endorses the Jordan Brand and in her social media she is often seen wearing big shades, icy jewelry and designer clothes. The energy combined with her dedication to her craft makes her the next star of the League.
How did Dwight meet Te’a?
Although there are no confirmed details, Dwight and Te’a may have met when Cooper was still in high school. They managed to keep their relationship quite under the wraps but in 2019, Cooper and Howard started showing up in each other's social media. In August, Howard had uploaded a post, which is now deleted, where he was hugging Cooper while she flashed a major diamond ring. He tagged Cooper and captioned it as "Mine".
How long has Dwight Howard been married to Te’a Cooper?
In 2019, Howard reportedly tied the knot in a super-secret affair with his fiancée, WNBA player Te'a Cooper after they revealed that they were engaged in 2018. However, as of 2021, the couple are no longer together and have broken up. Thus, it seems Howard and Cooper have been married for about just more than a year, as there are no reports when they exactly broke-up.
How many kids do Dwight and Te’a have?
Dwight and Te’a don’t have any kids together. However, Howard has five kids from five different relationships. His first son, Braylon Howard was born in 2007 whom he shares with former Orlando Magic cheerleader and Basketball Wives star Royce Reed. In October 2014, Reed accused him of abusing their son. His other four other children from past relationships are - Jayde, Layla, David and Dwight III. David’s mother was Melissa Rios, who sadly passed away after an epileptic seizure in March 2020.
Dwight and Te’a’s wedding
The NBA star married the then 22 year old WNBA prospect, in a secret wedding ceremony, according to reports. To many, the secret wedding did come as a shock. According to some reports, though Howard proposed to Cooper in 2018, there were no confirmations as to when the couple met or started dating. In an earlier interview when Howard was asked how married life was for him, he said that he absolutely loves being married to Cooper and admitted that she has also changed his life. He referred to the 24-year-old as a great woman who pushes him to be greater while he did the same for her.
In 2020, it was noticed that Howard kept his relationship and marriage to Cooper somewhat of a secret, and a year later reports confirmed that the two are no longer together. Cooper and Howard even unfollowed each other on social media. In an Instagram livestream, Cooper was asked about Howard, and she confirmed that the two have broken up. She told her followers to “leave it alone.” She quoted, “No, I do not go out with him. I’m not with him any more. Leave it alone. I don’t want to see y'all in my comments saying it no more. Don’t add me to anything that has to do with him. It’s over with. It's adios, amigos”.