Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard has been heavily criticized by former Los Angeles Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabar.
In fact, Jabar recently told ESPN’s First Take that “Dwight is an extraordinary athlete and has incredible athletic ability, but basketball is a game where the most important muscle that you use on the court is the one between your ears.”
On Saturday, Howard fired back.
“You can’t win three Defensive Player of the Year trophies and be stupid. That can’t be done,” he said, according to the Houston Chronicle. “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 made his Rockets debut on Saturday. He had 19 points and nine rebounds.