Dwight Howard: Lakers Center’s Supposed Loss of Explosiveness Is Overblown

January 1st, 2013 by Ryan Rudnansky Leave a reply »

There's been a lot of talk surrounding Dwight Howard's supposed loss of explosiveness since his former coach, Stan Van Gundy, said as much.

The former head coach of the Orlando Magic told the Los Angeles Times on Friday:

I don't think he looks quite as explosive or as quick as he has in the past. Now, he's still above almost everyone in the league at that size athletically, but he has not totally looked like himself to me.

But it's not Van Gundy's first sentence that we should focus on. The key words are "he's still above almost everyone in the league at that size athletically."

I would agree with Van Gundy that Howard appears to have lost some explosiveness and quickness after undergoing back surgery in April. But while Howard may not be the athletic freak he once was, he's still an athletic freak. That's the point.

On top of that, Howard hasn't solely relied on his explosiveness throughout his career. You don't dominate the way he has on both sides of the floor without having a strong understanding and great feel for the game.

The fact of the matter is, Howard is still one of the game's best ...

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