Kareem Abdul-Jabbar slams Dwight Howard, says he doesn’t have a go-to move

kareem-dwightLegendary NBA center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar visited ESPN campus recently, and spoke about one of the best NBA centers today, Dwight Howard.

Despite that Howard is a 7-time NBA All-Star, who has led the NBA in defensive rebounds in 6 straight years, once in offensive rebounds, 5 straight years in total rebounds and twice in blocks, Abdul-Jabbar says he doesn’t have what it takes to become great.

“Dwight is an extraordinary athlete, he has extreme athletic ability. But basketball is a game, where the most improtant muscle that you use on the court is between your ears,” Abdul-Jabbar said.

“Dwight’s basketball IQ is not up to speed with him to be a dominant player. He has problems at both ends of the court, he doesn’t have a go-to move,” he added.

The leading scorer in NBA history went on to recall that he had to prepare Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum to play against Howard in 2009 for the world championship.

“It was an easy job, because if you take certain things away from him, he doesn’t have an answer for it,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “So he needs to develop some skills at both ends of the court, that would enable him to consistently contribute to the winning effort. And he hasn’t done that.”

“He’s a wonderful young man, intelligent, charismatic, he speaks well,” Abdul-Jabbar continued. “But that doesn’t mean he has the ability to go on the court, and do certain things consistently, that would enable his team to win.”

Howard averaged 17.1 ppg and 12.4 rpg for LA Lakers last season, before he left and signed with the Houston Rockets, where he is being mentored by NBA legends Kevin McHale and Hakeem Olajuwon.


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