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After goofing off and posing like the Heisman & Captain Morgan, Dwight reflected on Kareem getting a statue ...
"Having his statue put up, that’s like one of the biggest honors for a basketball player, for a person in general, to have a statue," Howard said after Friday's shootaround in advance of the Lakers' game against the Phoenix Suns.
"I’m just happy for him. All the things he’s done here in L.A. with the team, he’s just a great man overall. I think he’s awesome."
As Howard touched on a couple other Kareem questions, you couldn't help but notice Abdul-Jabbar's No. 33 jersey hanging up on the wall at the Lakers' practice facility behind him.
On their summer meeting:
"We haven’t had a chance to really sit down and talk since then. He understands that with the season and everything is going on it’s best to kind of like just wait until we have some more sitdowns."
On Kareem's support of him:
"It’s mean a lot. I just recall sitting down and talking to him and him telling me, ‘All the hard work you put in in the last eight years is going to pay off and just remain the same way. Don’t change for anybody.’"
On their heights:
"He was 7-5. I’m only 6-9, 6-10 on a good day. Maybe. I try to do a skyhook, but those 7-footers are right there."
On Kareem's advice to him:
"Just have fun. He liked that I’m out there smiling and I bring a joy to the game."
Dwight also joked that he had a statue of himself at his house doing a beefcake pose and that he was the model for the Karl Malone, John Stockton and Michael Jordan statues (the last one showing that he needs to work on his brand loyalty because adidas guys shouldn't be pumping up the Jordan Brand).