El Segundo, CA, United States (4E Sports) – Dwight Howard emphasized he would not have won three Defensive Player of the Year trophies if he is stupid, in response to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s recent criticism of his play.
“That can’t be done,” Howard pointed out. “And I don’t think any coach that has ever coached me has said I have a low IQ for basketball.”
Abdul-Jabbar has called Dwight’s basketball IQ not high enough for to be a dominant player.
“Dwight is an extraordinary athlete and has incredible athletic ability, but basketball is a game where the most important muscle that you use on the court is the one between your ears,” Jabbar had told ESPN.
Howard admits to making errors on the floor and in life, but insists that just about everyone has.
“We make mistakes and learn from them. It is what it is. I think I am very intelligent when it comes to the game of basketball. I have been playing since I was 3 years old. Each year, I get a little smarter,” says Howard.
He added that when he joined the Lakers he was still considered a great center, but was ‘awful’ by the time he had left.
Howard, now with the Rockets, said he had one conversation with Abdul-Jabbar in Los Angeles and asked that they not talk about basketball.
“There is no need for me to go back and forth with him,” Howard said. “He is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. If I’m Kareem, I’m like why? Four championships, five championships, whatever. “
Howard is a seven-time All-Star who has averaged 18.3 points, 12.9 rebounds and 2.2 blocks in his nine-year career.
Abdul-Jabbar averaged 24.6 points, 11.2 rebounds and 2.6 blocks in a 20-year Hall of Fame career that included six championships.