An eight-time All-NBA selection and three-time Defensive Player of the Year, Howard didn’t mince words about the critics of his Hall-of-Fame candidacy.
“My resume speaks for itself. Of course, I’ve played for a couple teams, and that’s OK. But I think this will be my final destination.
“I can’t really say about rankings. I don’t really get into it. But like I said, I know what I’ve done in the NBA over my career. I think I’ve been pretty successful.
“A lot of times, people are always going to hate. Say something bad about who you are as a player and a person. That’s really a testament to their character. It’s not really anything dealing with me.
“Ask any NBA player, any person, we’ve all had downfalls. But I’m not really concerned with it.”