Houston Rockets star says he is not a “stupid” player.
New Houston Rockets centre Dwight Howard has slammed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s assessment of him as having low basketball I.Q.
The former Lakers star said the most important muscle a player could use on the court was the one between his ears, something Howard did not do enough of.
However, Howard said his record to date in his career stacked up well despite admitting there are some things he wishes he could change.
“You can’t win three Defensive Player of the Year trophies and be stupid. That can’t be done,” Howard said.
“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 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.
“People will have something to say. Is what it is. I’m in (Houston) now. This city has my back and we are going to ride together.”
Howard has said a big reason why he chose to move to the Rockets was to help improve his game under the guidance of Rockets coach Kevin McHale and Hakeem Olajuwon, who still live in the area.