(NEW YORK) — In wake of Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s comments on ESPN’s “First Take” on Thursday about Rockets center Dwight Howard having a low basketball IQ, Howard responded on Friday.
“You can’t win three Defensive Player of the Year trophies and be stupid. That can’t be done,” Howard told reporters on Friday at practice. “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,” Howard continued.
Abdul-Jabbar watched Howard all last season during his time with the Lakers, but Howard said they only had one conversation that was not about basketball.
“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 said.
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Eliott C. McLaughlin, CNN Newswire
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