Size doesn't always equal strength. The guy can dunk on a 12' basket and is one of the top players in the world. I think his legs are probably just fine for what he does, but I'm sure he would be interested in your input.
Combining heavy leg training with running upwards of 4 hours a day your asking for knee problems.
Trust me his legs are strong, It takes a lot of strength to box out other 300lbs, jump 2.5 feet in the air sprint down the court jump another 2.5 fee in the air dunk on somebody, then sprint backwards and do it all over again.
trust me , guys like that may have legs that look skinny proportionally, but they are strong as hell. adding size to his legs aren't a goal of his, and with hours of running and jumping every day, he likely couldn't do it if he tried.
Maybe I'm biased, maybe he is, but I think the reasoning of the magic's s&c coach for Howard not to squat is BS. If he indeed has lordosis, it should be adressed and corrected. They should not work around it.
Who said any athlete should squat? I don't care if Howard squats or doesn't, but I think the argument given by that trainer doesn't suffice to rule out any form of squatting.
Regarding the length of the femurs and squatting, longer as what? If the lower limbs are relatively long as opposed to the upper body, then there can arise problems with squatting. But you still have to assess the individual's body structure as a whole, not only the femurs. And how about front squats, sumo squats, belt squats or bulgarian split squats? I've seen 7 footers front squat rather effortlessly. IMO all of these are better than a leg press as a primary exercise for athletic purposes.
He looks top heavy because he's got muscle and is lean, like LeBron. These kind of people always look top heavy on camera, especially with those baggy ass shorts. I'm betting if you saw him in person he'd look more proportional.
Dwight Howard will be fine, it's the smooth looking players like Durant that I worry about (see Livingston, Shaun).
When you are at Dwight Howard's level, inconsistency is usually a lack of mental focus. Not uncommon in a sport like basketball. The NBA plays 82 games. He seems to have enough good nights to be considered one of the top three or four players in the league right now. My opionion: It's LeBron James, Kobe Bryant, Howard.