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Dwight Howard once told his mom he was signing with the Jazz. She cried.

Atlanta Hawks' Dwight Howard smiles as he walks off the court at the end of the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Atlanta, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. The Hawks defeated the Kings 106-95.
Atlanta Hawks' Dwight Howard smiles as he walks off the court at the end of the first quarter of an NBA basketball game against the Sacramento Kings in Atlanta, Monday, Oct. 31, 2016. The Hawks defeated the Kings 106-95.
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Before Atlanta Hawks center Dwight Howard told his mom he was signing with the Atlanta Hawks he pranked her by saying he was going to play for the Utah Jazz.

Howard's mother's reaction? Tears.

Howard talked on CBS Sports Radio with Doug Gottlieb on Monday about the experience.

"I played a prank on my mom," Howard said. "I wanted to see her reaction, so I told her, I said, 'Mom, I just got this big contract, $150 million.' And she was like, 'Oh my God, from who?' I said, 'Utah Jazz,' and she started crying. And I said, 'Mom, sorry, I was just joking, I'm coming home to Atlanta.' And then she was super happy and my family was super excited."

Listen to Gottlieb's interview with Howard here.