Phil Jackson has weighed into the Shaquille O’Neal v Dwight Howard feud, somewhat validating the retired legend’s claim that Howard has a limited offensive repertoire. Jackson, who coached O’Neal for a number of years in Los Angeles, says that he believes Dwight is still relying on his athleticism while Andrew Bynum and Brook Lopez have a more polished offensive game at this point of their careers.
However he did point out Dwight’s improvement in that area over the past few years.
“Brook and Andrew are guys who have good touches. They’re good scoring players and they have good offensive games,” Jackson said on the “Waddle and Silvy Show” on ESPN 1000 in Chicago on Friday.
“Dwight is a guy that has that amazing athletic ability but the overall game — rebounding, defending, blocking shots, running the court — this is a guy that runs with the wolves, so to speak. He can get up and down that court as quick as any of the guards and forwards because of his athletic ability.
“Dwight’s learning the post game and I think he has improved over the last couple years with his left hand. It looks like he’s shooting the ball a lot better. He used to be a guy that you felt like you had to keep out of the lane. If you could do that, he was going to be limited in his scoring. Now he’s developing some of the offensive game.”