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

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."

Oct 7 2013, 8:45pm CDT | by

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

 
 
 


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.

 

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