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?via Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on his documentary, NBA | ajc.com.
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.
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.