Legendary big man and Los Angeles Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ripped into Dwight Howard after he made his decision to join the Houston Rockets official. Abdul-Jabbar took to his Facebook page and wrote "potential has a shelf life," regarding Howard.
One of Howard's motivations to leave the Lakers and join the Rockets was to work with Kevin McHale and Hakeem Olajuwon directly to improve his low-post game. In L.A., he had Kareem, who had plenty to say about Howard's lack of post-moves and growth as a player in an interview with Scott Ostler of the San Francisco Chronicle in May -- well before Howard left the team.
"[Howard] hasn't made any progress. We (the Lakers when Kareem was an assistant coach) played them in ‘09, and when I saw him this past season, he was the same player," Abdul-Jabbar referred to the Lakers NBA Finals series against the Olrando Magic in 2009.
"He gets the ball on offense, oh, my god, he doesn't know what to do. It's usually a turnover, people come and take the ball from him or tie his arms up. Offensively, he doesn't get it." Abdul-Jabbar told Ostler.
Howard also only reached out to Abdul-Jabbar once -- when he initially became a Laker -- and the two have not spoken since.
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