Dwight Howard responded to some pointed remarks by Shaquille O'Neal about his status as the best center in the league. Well, he responded by simply dismissing the opinions off hand. Dave McMenamin of ESPN has more.
"I don't care what Shaq says," Howard told reporters after practice. "Shaq played the game. He's done. He's gone. It's time to move on."
O'Neal recently raised a stir on an NBA roundtable when he said he'd place Andrew Bynum and Brook Lopez -- O'Neal originally misidentified him as Robin, Brook's twin brother -- above Howard as the best center in the league. O'Neal liked the back-to-the-basket games of Bynum and Lopez over Howard. O'Neal believes Howard is more of a pick-and-roll player rather than a truly dominant one-on-one player, which is why he ranked Howard lower than Bynum and Lopez.
Howard was traded to the Lakers this offseason from the Orlando Magic, treading a similar path as O'Neal, who started his career in Orlando after being drafted No. 1 overall. O'Neal signed with Los Angeles as a free agent.