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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants to work with Dwight

Posted on: March 23, 2011 12:22 pm
Edited on: March 23, 2011 12:23 pm
 
Lakers legend wants to work with prolific center who still struggles with offense. 
Posted by Matt Moore

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar stands above the rest as a master in the post. Arguably the greatest center of all time, Abdul-Jabbar's career is astounding in terms of personal achievement and production. The skyhook, of course, was the biggest part of his arsenal, a sweeping reign of fire that could not be blocked, altered, or influenced, and that dropped time after time. Abdul-Jabbar has repeatedly attempted to land in a coaching position, but his acerbic personality and history of inconsistency has kept him off the sideline. 

In an interview with the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, however, Abdul-Jabbar states plainly who he wants to work with in order to pass on his knowledge. 
Q: Is there a young center you'd like an opportunity to show a few things to?

A: Dwight Howard. I think I could have shown him a few things that would have helped his game a lot. Such an incredible athlete. There are a few blind spots in his game just because he didn't stay in school long enough to get all of that down, but just really an incredible athlete.
via Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on his documentary, NBA  | ajc.com.

Now, Howard's been coached by Patrick Ewing for years. He worked with Hakeem Olajuwon last summer, and has added a short-range jumper. But you have to wonder if there's really any room for Howard's offense to go. His footwork is still awkward, his body work still off-balanced, and his offensive game still largely incomplete. This doesn't make him any less an MVP candidate, but it does make you wonder exactly what Kareem could develop with Howard. And then there's the personality issues, which could be problematic. Andrew Bynum eventually rejected Abdul-Jabbar's help in developing his game and Kareem has clashed with nearly everyone throughout his career. 

Of course, when you're a player of his stature, you have to wonder if he's earned the right to be as acerbic as he wants. Either way, I wouldn't expect any summer meetings between Cap and Dwight. 

(HT: SLAM)
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Since: Apr 2, 2011
Posted on: April 2, 2011 7:24 pm
 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants to work with Dwight

And don't forget all of Kareem's All-Defensive team selections. And the defensive player of the year award wasn't given out for most of Kareem's career, so Howard doesn't have that on him either.



Since: Dec 2, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2011 9:59 pm
 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants to work with Dwight

OlHoss, its obvious you are a Dwight Hater and a Rose for MVP guy so you will continue to write incorrect facts about howard just to make Rose seem to be this awesome worker while Dwight somehow slacks.  No one is trying to take Rose's MVP award because as SVG stated, it has already been determined by the media months ago.

Newsflash, Dwight is a relentless worker.  And it started way before this past offseason when he worked with Hakeem for a mere 3 days.  All Hakeem told Dwigt to do is use the moves/skills you already have.  Dwight just needed help with the mental aspect of the game.  Dwight didn;t like to miss and would try to get as close to the basket as he could all the time.  When he went to Hakeem, Hakeem was suprised at the repitoire Dwight had and just encouraged him to use it more.  Hence we see all the moves now.

I am sorry you only follow the bulls and you do not know about how Dwight's on the court workouts are just as legendary as his weight room workouts.  For your education process, here is a video from Aug. 2009 (almost two years ago) that shows Dwight draining jumper after jumper which further backs up my point that all Hakeem did was tell him to have confidence to use the things he has worked on from all of his on the court workouts in the game.



If THats not enough proof for you, just ask his assistant who travels with him around the world in the offseason who has to be up at 6am to do both gym and weightroom workouts with Dwight and then continue the same process at the end of the day after all of Dwight's appearances he makes on a daily basis.  This means sometimes the second workout starts at 11pm.  No you are sadly mistaken if you think Dwight doesn't work on his game.   Thats why his numbers have improved every year.  That means a player is working.  Sorry you missed that. 



Since: Mar 24, 2011
Posted on: March 24, 2011 7:43 pm
 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants to work with Dwight

"His footwork is still awkward, his body work still off-balanced, and his offensive game still largely incomplete. This doesn't make him any less an MVP candidate, but it does make you wonder exactly what Kareem could develop with Howard."
That's three things that Kareem could help Howard with:  his footwork, his body work, and his offensive game.
I don't really understand where you're going with that point...



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: March 24, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants to work with Dwight

Demarcus is gonna be on the black ball list soon. Hope he saves his money better then the guy who played for the raiders. If you compare, the same traits are there.  What  deuche bags



Since: Jan 2, 2011
Posted on: March 24, 2011 6:12 pm
 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants to work with Dwight

Howards an over rated no balls when it matter center. Kareem can't help someone who thinks hes great.  Go on strike lock m out. NBA SUCKS!!!



Since: Aug 31, 2006
Posted on: March 24, 2011 2:02 pm
 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants to work with Dwight

Good responses to my post!

I would say this though...

i still don't believe Howard works on his game as claimed.  Howard works out, and he practices hard, but you can tell by watching him play that he isn't really any different than he has been his whole career.  maybe this is because of his body type, but his bad footwork isn't because of his body type.

I would guess he works out more than he works on his game.  I can tell you that Ewing is a bad influence because wings only real move was to push people out of the way on the way to the hoop, and he could have been a much greater player if he, too, had worked on his game.  I am not sure why working with Hakeem isn't having as much of an effect, but when your defense amounts to knocking people down and your offense doesn't include much more than dunks, you need to work more on footwork and positioning.

It just looks like he doesn't get the game of basketball that much...which is not surprising because he probably hasn't (and really, still doesn't) face anyone as big and athletic as he is.

For the record, I agree with Van Gundy...i think Howard gets jobbed by the refs and takes more punishment than should be allowed, but ultimately I think he brings this on himself with so much of his own flagrant nonsense. 



Since: Dec 20, 2007
Posted on: March 24, 2011 1:11 pm
 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants to work with Dwight

What an ignorant remark....
Howard's stats don't compare to Kareem's....
Kareem has 6 Rings, Howard 0.
Kareem 6 time NBA MVP, Howard 0.
Kareem 19 time All-Star, Howard 5.
Kareem 10 time All-NBA First Team, Howard 3.
Kareem 24.6ppg, Howard 17.5ppg.
Kareem scored 40+ points 70 times, Howard only 2...



Since: Apr 11, 2010
Posted on: March 24, 2011 12:54 pm
 

What??? WHAT?!

I hereby invite you PISTONFAN, to join my poker group, which up to this point included some of the most uniformed, yet vocal, sports fans ever.  There is no excuse for the absurdity of your comment.  None.  By the way, you would also lose at the card table.




Since: Jan 8, 2008
Posted on: March 24, 2011 12:35 pm
 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants to work with Dwight

Work with someone that needs development you old fart. He want to take on the best center in basketball and take credit for his abilitys. What a jackass, Howard is already better than Kareem ever was.



Since: Sep 5, 2010
Posted on: March 24, 2011 11:01 am
 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants to work with Dwight

Here is an idea. How about working with a center who needs help scoring. Everyone can see that Howard is on steroids and it will come out soon enough.


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