1 Updates
Rockets C Dwight Howard to Kareem: 'I Think I Am Very Intelligent'
Photo Credit: Getty Images

Rockets C Dwight Howard to Kareem: 'I Think I Am Very Intelligent'

Oct 7 2013, 8:45pm CDT | by

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard fired back at Hall-of-Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who said Howard's basketball IQ is "not up to speed."

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has a simple message for Hall-of-Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. "I'm not stupid."  It all started on last Thursday's edition of ESPN's "First Take" when Abdul-...

Filed under: news

YouTube Videos

 
 
 

1 year ago

Rockets C Dwight Howard to Kareem: 'I Think I Am Very Intelligent'

Oct 7 2013, 8:45pm CDT | by

Rockets C Dwight Howard to Kareem: 'I Think I Am Very Intelligent'  Photo Credit: Getty Images

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard fired back at Hall-of-Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar who said Howard's basketball IQ is "not up to speed."

Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has a simple message for Hall-of-Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

"I'm not stupid." 

It all started on last Thursday's edition of ESPN's "First Take" when Abdul-Jabbar, who is not exactly a fan of Howard, criticized his basketball knowledge. 

"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.

"Dwight's basketball IQ is not up to speed for him to be a dominant player." 

Howard spoke with the Houston Chronicle's Jenny Dial Creech on Friday to offer his take on Abdul-Jabbar's statement. 

"I don't pay any attention to that stuff. I did hear about it but everybody is entitled to their own opinion. When I joined the Lakers I was the greatest center. When I left, I was the worst. Mentally, I wasn't capable of playing center. 

"I understand a lot of things are said out of emotion. I will say if he has anything to say, I am here in Houston. We can talk man to man, that's how I feel.

"You can't win three Defensive Player of the Year trophies and be stupid. That can't be done. And I don't think any coach that has ever coached me has said I have a low IQ for basketball.

"Have I done some dumb stuff on the floor? Yes, every player has. Have I done some stupid things in life? Yes, it's life. We make mistakes and we 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 three years old. Each year, I get a little smarter. People will have something to say. It is what it is. 

"I'm in (Houston) now. This city has my back and we are going to ride together."  

In an interview with SFGate.com's Scott Ostler in May, Abdul-Jabbar said Howard was "charismatic," "charming" and a "very nice" person, but he also said, "Maturity wise, he doesn't get it."   

Abdul-Jabbar also ripped Howard in July when he left the Los Angeles Lakers for Houston, saying, "Potential has a shelf life" on his Facebook page

As for Howard, he is a seven-time NBA All-Star who won the Defensive Player of the Year award three years in a row as a member of the Orlando Magic from 2008-2011. 

 

Don't miss ...

 


Poch de la Rosa follows all major U.S. sports: NFL, MLB, NBA, NHL and the NCAA. His favorite teams are the Colts, Braves, Pacers, Sharks and Irish, respectively.

 

blog comments powered by Disqus

Latest stories

Italian Serie A standings
Rome, Oct 29 (IANS) Following are the Italian Serie A standings after Tuesday's match (tabulated under matches played, won, drawn, lost, goals for, goals against, points), according to Xinhua.
 
 
TV show airs video of Maradona attacking ex-girlfriend
Buenos Aires, Oct 29 (IANS/EFE) An Argentine television programme aired a video Tuesday showing soccer legend Diego Maradona hitting his ex-girlfriend, Rocio Oliva, hours after the soccer idol had said he "never raised a hand" against a woman.
 
 
Billiards: Bhaskar shocks Gilchrist, joins Advani in semis
Leeds, Oct 28 (IANS) For long the bridesmaid in Indian billiards, Balachandra Bhaskar, the 43-year-old from Bangalore, authored a big upset when he knocked out defending champion Peter Gilchrist 797-586 to enter the semi-finals of the IBSF World Billiards championship (timed format) here Tuesday.
 
 
Russia's preparation for 2018 World Cup ahead of schedule: FIFA
Moscow, Oct 28 (IANS) Russia's preparations for the 2018 FIFA World Cup are ahead ofthe schedule, FIFA president Sepp Blatter said Tuesday.
 
 
 

Latest from the Network

US unmanned spacecraft explodes shortly after launch
Washington, Oct 29 (IANS) An unmanned spaceship operated by a private US firm exploded just minutes after its launch Tuesday, media reported. The rocket blew up over the launch complex at Wallops Island, Virginia,...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
A$AP Rocky and Chanel Iman split
A$AP Rocky and Chanel Iman have reportedly ended their engagement. The 26-year-old rapper, who secretly proposed to the Victoria's Secret model in April after less than a year of dating, recently split from the 23-year-...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Australian troops conduct G20 security training
Sydney, Oct 29 (IANS) Australian special forces troops have conducted G20 training exercises involving a mock hostage recovery operation in Brisbane Tuesday. Australian Defence Force spokesman for the G20, Maj. Gen....
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Nick Jonas angry over band split?
Los Angeles, Oct 29 (IANS) Pop star Nick Jonas is reportedly angry with his siblings over the breakup of their band - The Jonas Brothers. The trio disbanded in October last year after pulling out of a North American...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Chinese peacekeepers to help build Ebola quarantine center
United Nation, Oct. Oct 29 (IANS) The Chinese contingent of the UN Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) will help build an Ebola Quarantine and Control Center in the capital city of Monrovia, a UN spokesperson said here Tuesday...
Read more on Business Balla
 
IS captures three gas wells in Syria
Damascus, Oct 29 (IANS) The Islamic State(IS) militants Tuesday captured three gas wells in Syria's central province of Homs, media reported. The IS captured the gas wells east of Palmyra in Homs after intense clashes...
Read more on Politics Balla
 
Jennifer Lawrence and Chris Martin's split wasn't dramatic
Jennifer Lawrence's split from Chris Martin reportedly ''wasn't dramatic.'' The 'Hunger Games' actress quietly decided to end her relationship with the Coldplay frontman a few weeks ago after four months of dating...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Eddie Redmayne just wants to pay his mortgage
Eddie Redmayne says he is just trying to pay his mortgage. The 'Les Miserables' actor, who is set to marry antiques dealer Hannah Bagshawe in December, claims he doesn't consider himself ''a movie star'' and doesn't...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
Jane Lynch finalizes divorce
Jane Lynch's ex-wife Dr. Lara Embry received millions in their divorce. The 'Glee' star, whose split from clinical psychologist was finalized on Monday (10.27.14), following their separation in February 2012, reportedly...
Read more on Celebrity Balla
 
David McIntosh keen to marry Kelly Brook
London, Oct 29 (IANS) Following their recent reconciliation, actor David McIntosh says he wants to marry his on-off girlfriend Kelly Brook. The 28-year-old star is eager to wed the model in Mykonos, Greece, reports...
Read more on Celebrity Balla