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Dwight Howard responds to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's critique

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09:42 AM ET 10.05 | Dwight Howard heard the harsh criticism from Laker and NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. But he just thinks it's a product of leaving Abdul-Jabbar's team. "Well you know, I don't pay any attention to that stuff," Howard said on Friday just off the floor of the Toyota Center. "I did hear about it but everybody is entitled to their own opinion. When I joined the Lakers, I was the greatest center and then when I left, I was the worst, mentally I wasn't capable of playing center. I understand that a lot of things are said out of emotion but I would say that if he has anything to say, I'm here in Houston. We can talk man to man. That's how I feel about it." Abdul-Jabbar was on ESPN's First Take on Thursday morning and criticized the new Rockets center. Here's what he said: "Dwight is an extraordinary athlete and he has incredible athletic ability, but basketball is a game where the most important muscle you use on the court is the one between your ears. Dwight's basketball IQ is not up to speed for him to be a dominant player. He has problems at both ends of the court. He doesn't have a 'go to' move."

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October 5, 2013  10:03 AM ET
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"When I joined the Lakers, I was the greatest center and then when I left, I was the worst, mentally I wasn't capable of playing center."Funny how that works. I watch these Dwight threads and the people that criticize him the most are the same people that used to say "COME TO LA, DWIGHT!".I don't know if Dwight will ever win a title but I do know that when he was here the Magic were a perennial powerhouse in the Eastern Conference. The first year after he was gone the Magic had the worst record in the NBA.So now it's time for Dwight to take his opportunity in Houston and show everyone who he really is.

At least the population of children without fathers at home will increase. (Too easy). Yes I do think Dwight will be able to show his value on both offense and defense. Likely he will never be as good as Kareem or even Shaq but so what. He has been and can be in the future pretty damn good.

October 5, 2013  10:06 AM ET
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"When I joined the Lakers, I was the greatest center and then when I left, I was the worst, mentally I wasn't capable of playing center."Funny how that works. I watch these Dwight threads and the people that criticize him the most are the same people that used to say "COME TO LA, DWIGHT!".I don't know if Dwight will ever win a title but I do know that when he was here the Magic were a perennial powerhouse in the Eastern Conference. The first year after he was gone the Magic had the worst record in the NBA.So now it's time for Dwight to take his opportunity in Houston and show everyone who he really is.

And at least he will play (even at less than 100% health) unlike an Afro'd one-time competitor for mantle of "best current center".

October 5, 2013  10:07 AM ET
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So now it's time for Dwight to take his opportunity in Houston and show everyone who he really is.

EEA, good comment and let's see what Howard will do this coming season.

October 5, 2013  11:01 AM ET

First off, Kareem is right. Howard has shown with his childish attitude at times that he isn't mentally up to par with other greats like Kareem, Mj, Kobe with high basket iq's. Defense is mosty instinct and athleticism, where as offense can require a lot of brain power at the higher levels. Howard isn't stupid, but he is about 5-10 years behind mentally where he should be.

That being said, I really like Howard's personallity and I think he handled this criticism extremely well. Other players would have acted like children, but Howard is showing that he is maturing as a person and will have a great life post basketball. Not everyone has to be the best of all time, and kudos to young mr Howard on handling this as well as possible. He has come a long way mentally in the last 2 years and I DO think it will click with him soon and be will achieve his potential. Some of us come into our mental maturity later than others

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October 5, 2013  11:40 AM ET

Sorry, but Howie continues to act like a child...

October 5, 2013  11:41 AM ET
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First off, Kareem is right. Howard has shown with his childish attitude at times that he isn't mentally up to par with other greats like Kareem, Mj, Kobe with high basket iq's. Defense is mosty instinct and athleticism, where as offense can require a lot of brain power at the higher levels. Howard isn't stupid, but he is about 5-10 years behind mentally where he should be. That being said, I really like Howard's personallity and I think he handled this criticism extremely well. Other players would have acted like children, but Howard is showing that he is maturing as a person and will have a great life post basketball. Not everyone has to be the best of all time, and kudos to young mr Howard on handling this as well as possible. He has come a long way mentally in the last 2 years and I DO think it will click with him soon and be will achieve his potential. Some of us come into our mental maturity later than others

Exactly, but I hope the grass is greener on the other side of the fence.

October 5, 2013  11:43 AM ET

Lets see if McHale really knows how to use him. I say this only because there have been reports that he wants to try and play him at PF. And that strikes me as playing him out of position.

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October 5, 2013  11:59 AM ET
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First off, Kareem is right...

Maybe yes, maybe no but,

The wise man is known by his common sense, and a pleasant teacher is the best...

Kareem should just remain silent and know he did his best to teach Howard but that ship has sailed...

October 5, 2013  12:01 PM ET

Roger didn't try hard on defense!


Mick do you like movies about gladiators?

October 5, 2013  12:04 PM ET

Dwight Howard has a lot of growing up to do before he can ever be part of any man-to-man conversation with anybody.

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October 5, 2013  12:27 PM ET

Typical "me" response to comments made by a hall of famer intended to help Howard reach his potential. Obviously he is un-coachable and the opitome of most current dy spoiled athletes that truly believe they are great. Howard could not hold Kareem 's jock!

As Jabbar stated, Howard does not understand the game and his basketball IQ is lacking, particularly at crunch time!

Grow up Dwight and take some advice cause you ain't in the top 10 centers to ever play the game much less contribute in a team setting now.

October 5, 2013  12:29 PM ET

Keep Taking The High Road, Bro.

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October 5, 2013  12:44 PM ET
QUOTE(#5):

First off, Kareem is right. Howard has shown with his childish attitude at times that he isn't mentally up to par with other greats like Kareem, Mj, Kobe with high basket iq's. Defense is mosty instinct and athleticism, where as offense can require a lot of brain power at the higher levels. Howard isn't stupid, but he is about 5-10 years behind mentally where he should be. That being said, I really like Howard's personallity and I think he handled this criticism extremely well. Other players would have acted like children, but Howard is showing that he is maturing as a person and will have a great life post basketball. Not everyone has to be the best of all time, and kudos to young mr Howard on handling this as well as possible. He has come a long way mentally in the last 2 years and I DO think it will click with him soon and be will achieve his potential. Some of us come into our mental maturity later than others

Solid comment.
Dwight just needs to prove he can be a leader and a champion material. He must do it on the court and shut his mouth and prove it to all doubters. Until then talk it's cheap on his part.

 
October 5, 2013  01:58 PM ET

DA-DA-DA.......................DA-DA-DA

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