by Chris O’Leary

Last week, Dwight Howard took part in the rite of passage for all of the NBA Live cover athletes and spent the day at EA Sports studios in Burnaby, BC, outside of Vancouver.

EA flipped the script this year though. Rather than bring in the cover athlete and a supporting cast of NBA players to focus on Live, Dwight was flanked by athletes from other sports, with the attention being spread around to some of EA’s other sports titles. Tennis star Venus Williams, Boston Bruins forward Milan Lucic and MLS player Sacha Kljestan joined Howard for a day of sports and video game talk.

Judging from the video of the event that EA sent over, it looks like Dwight handled himself well in soccer and hockey, scoring goals in a one-on-one setting in both sports. Further proof of his success comes from the giant trophy that he was awarded with on an EA podium. Note the dinky second-place souvenir Venus Williams took home.

The Orlando big man also ran a post-up clinic for the media present. As one Live 10 producer told me yesterday, Dwight swatted one media members’ shot attempt to the fence of EA’s outdoor court, and didn’t leave his feet to do it.

Live 10 hits stores on October 6.