Dwight talks HOF, Kobe, Christianity +more.
Dwight Howard recently spoke with The Undefeated for a lengthy interview in which he discussed what it's like playing for his hometown Atlanta Hawks, his faith, his relationship with Kobe and whether or not he has had a Hall of Fame career.
When asked the latter, Dwight responded,
Do you feel like you’ve built a resume worthy of induction into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall Of Fame?
“No doubt. It’s kind of got swept under the rug because the perception of all the things that happened in Orlando. All of the media stuff. If you look at basketball itself, and I don’t ever talk about myself, but winning three Defensive Player of the Year trophies has never been done. Leading the league in rebounding six straight years. All that kind of stuff, I think that deserves it.”
Dwight has averaged a double-double for his career (17.5 pts, 12.7 rebounds) and is currently averaging 13.1 points and 12.9 rebounds per night with the Hawks, who are sitting in the fifth seed in the Eastern Conference.
As for his relationship with Kobe, Dwight says there was "never an issue with me and him."
Have you spoken to Kobe?
"I haven’t … There was never an issue with me and him. The same thing I told him is the same thing I told Steve Nash and every one of those guys. I want to learn from them. I want to take as much knowledge as I can from y’all. One day when y’all out the league and I’m still playing, I can give that knowledge to somebody else and I can keep this thing going. I’ve never had an issue with [Bryant]."
You can check out his full interview with The Undefeated right here.