Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Talks Dwight Howard Houston Rockets Trade: Los Angeles Lakers Fans Should Be 'Patient'

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the latest person to weigh in on the Dwight Howard's decision to be traded to the Houston Rockets.

The 66-year-old NBA all-time leading scorer took to his Twitter page Monday to give his opinion on the news Howard's exit from Los Angeles.

In March, Abdul-Jabbar told the San Francisco Chronicle about his first time encounter with Howard, saying that the 27-year-old center needed to grow up.

"I had a real good meeting with (Howard) when he first came to L.A.," Abdul-Jabbar said. "He was like, 'Yeah' (indicating a willingness to be coached). That was the last time I spoke with him. ... He's charming, he's charismatic, very nice young man. Maturity-wise, he doesn't get it.

Earlier this week, Shaquille O'Neal gave his two cents about Howard's move, saying that he couldn't handle playing in a big city like Los Angeles.

"It was expected," O'Neal said of Dwight's decision, according to The Orlando Sentinel."We've all been in L.A. and not a lot of people can handle being under the bright lights. Everybody wants to do it, but when you get there, there are certain pressures. I think it was a safe move for him (Dwight) to go to a little town like Houston."

Howard spent the 2012-2013 season with the Lakers, averaging 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds, while playing through shoulder and back injuries. Meanwhile,

Bryant took explain why he unfollowed Howard on Twitter shortly after the center announced his departure from the Lakers Friday. 

"I wish d12 the best honestly. I just find it hard to follow players that wanna kick my teams ass #thatsjustme," Bryant tweeted Monday.

Now with Howard off the Lakers' roster, the team has reportedly been in talks to sign Lamar Odom.

Sources said Odom is excited to be back with the team.

"Lamar is thrilled and always loved being a Laker," a source said. "He was really sad when they traded him."

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