Dwight fires back at Kareem, defends basketball IQ

NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hasn’t been afraid to express his opinion this offseason of Dwight Howard’s decision to leave the Los Angeles Lakers.

On ESPN’s “First Take” earlier this week, Abdul-Jabbar continued to take shots at Howard.

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

Howard worked with Abdul-Jabbar during his one-year stay with the Lakers, but he doesn’t agree with the franchise legend.

“You can’t win three Defensive Player of the Year trophies and be stupid,” Howard told the Houston Chronicle. “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.”

Several Lakers greats have criticized Howard’s decision, but he isn’t worried about what Abdul-Jabbar and others have to say.  

“I don’t pay any attention to that stuff,” Howard said. “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.”

Howard doesn’t understand why Abdul-Jabbar is so concerned with him

“One thing I would say is that he is old enough to where whatever I do shouldn’t even matter, ” he said. “He is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. If I’m Kareem, I’m like ‘Why? Four championships, five championships, whatever. I’ve been in Airplane and done movies with Bruce Lee. I am not worried about the young whippersnapper.’ “

But Howard would welcome a meeting to talk to him about it in person.

“I will say if he has anything to say, I am here in Houston,” Howard said. “We can talk man to man.”