Lakers News: Dwight Howard Will Work with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Lakers News: Dwight Howard Will Work with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


One of the biggest perks of playing the center position for the Los Angeles Lakers is working with one of the greatest players to ever play the position. With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar willing and able to offer his services to all Lakers centers over the years, Los Angeles has been a place for talented big men to come and thrive.

Even though Abdul-Jabbar has had rocky relationships with Shaquille O’Neal and Andrew Bynum in the past, the knowledge passed down from generation to generation has to be worth something. It’s a shame that none of the centers after him decided to perfect the hook shot, but no player has ever been able to pull that off since the six-time NBA champion retired back in 1989.

After acquiring Dwight Howard recently, one of the common questions asked was whether or not the up-and-comer would attempt to learn something from the man that mastered the position for two decades.

It appears that Howard has finally answered that question during a conversation with a fan via Twitter:

Howard replied with the following tweet:

The willingness to learn more about the position in the paint for arguably one of the greatest centers of all-time is promising to say the least. Howard is no stranger from soaking up the knowledge from great centers from the past as he learnt a thing or two from sessions with two-time NBA champion Hakeem Olajuwon as seen below.

Despite the problems faced with working with Shaq and Bynum, Jabbar might get a more open minded approach from the three-time Defensive Player of the Year. If Howard is able to learn some moves or get some work in with the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, the perennial All-Star might have a few more tricks up his sleeve in next season.

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  • shockjay

    This is a huge no-brainer.  Unlike Bynum, D12 doesn’t seem to have the mentality of someone who will one day say to Cap, “Hmmm…I think I’ve learned enough.  I’m good.”

    If Kareem can get Dwight’s FT% up to around 70% he’s already done more than enough.  Nevertheless, we might have the makings of a great partnership.  Here comes the Junior Sky Hook!

  • Forgan Elmubarak

    I think Pau, maybe more so than dwight, can probably master the sky hook if he put in the time with kareem. He’s more of a finesse player anyway..However, of course anything learned from the greatest scorer ever, is not in vain

    • Choller1

      Pau actually does have a mini sky hook ala Magic Johnson in his arsenal. No one’s ever gonna master Kareem’s Sky Hook of course but your right, if Pau can work with the Captain a bit he might be able to utilize that mini sky hook of his a bit more. 

    • John

      Maybe Dwight & Pau can both learn the sky hook,  Think about it 1 on 1 side of the  court & 1 on the other  both with the threat of the hook !