For Better or Worse, Dwight Howard Is the Wilt Chamberlain of Our Generation

December 15th, 2012 by Jonathan Wasserman Leave a reply »
There's a little more to this than just a couple of dominant big guys who can't make free throws.

If you had to describe Dwight Howard, where would you start?

How about with the idea that he looks like he was designed on a computer and generated in a lab? I mean the guy doesn't have a physical flaw—just seven feet of chiseled muscle. Statues in Italy have less definition.

We have seen athletic seven-footers before him, like Shaquille O'Neal, but none with this type of fluidity.

Shaq was power and destruction. He went through people. Howard is grace and agility. He glides over them.

Back in the 1960s, Wilt wasn't the only 7'1'' center. But he was the only one skilled and coordinated enough to do some of the things he did—like score 100 points in a game or average 50 for a season.

He was physically and fundamentally revolutionary.

These two big men share many qualities, both as athletes and individuals. But they've attempted to achieve similar satisfaction through different avenues of expression.

The way Wilt chased women, Dwight chases Twitter followers.

Dwight wants to be ...

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