Dwight Howard’s one-word response to being snubbed on NBA’s list of 75 greatest players of all time

Robert Marvi
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In honor of its 75th anniversary, the NBA has released a list of its 75 greatest players ever, and Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard wasn’t on it.

He had a brief but poignant response to the snub.


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Howard may be close to the end of his career today, but years ago he was a force to be reckoned with.

The Atlanta native was an outstanding rebounder and ferocious defender. He consistently averaged double digits in rebounds for many seasons and was one of the league’s most feared rim protectors.

In fact, he won the NBA Defensive Player of the Year award three consecutive seasons.

Those who feel Howard wasn’t a truly dominant player would probably point to the offensive end. Although he was a capable scorer, he never really developed any consistent low-post or one-on-one offensive moves.

After years of flaming out in the playoffs, Howard returned to the Lakers two seasons ago after his failed first stint in 2013, and his defense and rebounding were key in their championship run.

Now that he’s back, the team is hoping he will provide those same assets to help it win its 18th NBA title.

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Robert is a native of Santa Monica, Calif., and a graduate of the University of California, Santa Barbara. He has been an avid NBA fan since he was a little kid in the mid '90s and fell in love with the Nick Van Exel-led Lakers teams. He truly cherishes the Kobe Bryant-era of Lakers basketball and the five world championships that came with it, and is looking forward to the team's next NBA title.