For Better or Worse, Dwight Howard Is the Wilt Chamberlain of Our Generation

There's a little more to this than just a couple of dominant big guys who can't make free throws.

If you had to describe Dwight Howard, where would you start?

How about with the idea that he looks like he was designed on a computer and generated in a lab? I mean the guy doesn't have a physical flaw—just seven feet of chiseled muscle. Statues in Italy have less definition.

We have seen athletic seven-footers before him, like Shaquille O'Neal, but none with this type of fluidity.

Shaq was power and destruction. He went through people. Howard is grace and agility. He glides over them.

Back in the 1960s, Wilt wasn't the only 7'1'' center. But he was the only one skilled and coordinated enough to do some of the things he did—like score 100 points in a game or average 50 for a season.

He was physically and fundamentally revolutionary.

These two big men share many qualities, both as athletes and individuals. But they've attempted to achieve similar satisfaction through different avenues of expression.

The way Wilt chased women, Dwight chases Twitter followers.

Dwight wants to be the prom king. The mayor, elected by the people. The guy whose video is being shared around the office and talked about in gym class.

Searching desperately in 2011 for a way to start fresh in a new city without burning any bridges with the people of Orlando, Howard struggled with his desire to be everyone's favorite player.

While trying to make friends, he made enemies.

Wilt was known to possess a similar thought process. He was criticized for being selfish and at times referred to as a "loser."

In a Sports Illustrated piece written in 1986, legendary sports writer Frank Deford touched on Wilt's perceived insecurities.

Deford spoke with Al Attles, a friend and former teammate of Wilt's, who said, "I don't think Wilt would ever admit th...

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