Kareem Abdul-Jabbar knows why Dwight Howard didn’t work out for the Los Angeles Lakers: he didn’t want it bad enough. The Lakers legend said he tried to be a mentor to Howard when he was acquired by the Lakers in 2012, but that Howard simply didn’t want to put in the work necessary to succeed.
According to Lakers Nation, Abdul-Jabbar had harsh words for Howard and another former Laker, Andrew Bynum, in an interview with the site to help promote his new book.
“Well, Dwight Howard didn’t want to do any work,” Kareem told Lakers Nation. “Andrew Bynum did not want to do a lot of work, but Andrew was kind of getting the hang of it. I don’t think Andrew was that interested in playing basketball.
“If he had stuck with it, I’m sure he would’ve done better. I’m sure he would’ve had a lasting career in the NBA.”