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Kareem should have a statue… but did you know his movie hit Netflix?

May 19, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar AP

Let’s get this part out of the way first: Yes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar should have a statue out in front of Staples Center. Nobody who knows the game is disputing that or his place in Lakers or NBA history — including the Lakers, who have told Abdul-Jabbar his statue would be next (but there was no timetable).

So why did his frustration bubble over now, leading him to twitter to say he felt slighted that the Lakers franchise does not care about him?

Did you know his movie — “On the Shoulders of Giants” about the Harlem Renaissance basketball team of the 1930s — that he has been tirelessly promoting the last several months is hitting Netflix this week? If you stream Netflix you can do that on Friday.


I think Abdul-Jabbar is too intelligent for that to be a coincidence.

He has generated a mass of publicity the last couple days because of this stance, had more people googling his name than have in a long time. He never mentioned the movie, this hasn’t been crass, but he knows raising his profile raises the movie’s profile. It’s not an accident.

We can debate the merits of how he feels he was treated by the Lakers and basketball if you want. He’s spent his life proud of being an outsider but now is complaining about being on the outside. But, to be fair, he should have a bronze statue of him releasing his legendary Sky Hook in Star Plaza. Next to Magic and West and Chick (all of whom deserved to be in front of Kareem in the statue line).

So yes, Kareem is frustrated and he does deserve a statue. But know there is other motive for making a public stink about it right now.

  1. volcom2143 - May 19, 2011 at 9:56 PM

    Lew Alcindor is such a whiner . Maybe he shouldn’t of been a complete tool to every player , coach , owner , and ref . Can anyone say karma ??? Hope he never gets his statue because of the way he is handling this .

    • ahemahem - May 19, 2011 at 10:29 PM

      You’re like the parent who calls his 30 year old son “Tiny” because he used to be cute. And guess what? He does not respect you for it.

    • temple35 - May 21, 2011 at 12:33 AM

      Just because he has an opinion, all time leading scorer in the NBA , how would you handle it (No Talent)! The media which is @#$$% creates you ,then wants to destroy you when you dont act like them!

  2. andrejohnsonforpresident - May 20, 2011 at 2:59 AM

    anyone see kareems interview with colbert? Completely winging that statement on jazz having anything to do with basketball. I liked it though! Give this man a statue ya bums, I think its more management taking advantage of what it seems to be a quiet mild mannered Kareem imo.

  3. 1historian - May 20, 2011 at 7:03 AM

    That mayor of nowhere writer writing a piece like that about an icon of the game like Kareem Abdul-Jabber is idiotic.

  4. LPad - May 20, 2011 at 11:45 AM

    Or it could be that he’s giving his honest thoughts about the Lakers that he has had for some time and while doing some PR stuff for the movie, the interviewers are asking about his relationship with the Lakers.

    Also the idea that he wasn’t cool with the media or Buss, doesn’t mean he should be passed over, which he has. The Lakers have no intentions of doing one. If they did, they would have commissioned it when he battling cancer.

  5. temple35 - May 21, 2011 at 12:29 AM

    Everybody talks about Kareem being an outsider, when you dont kiss the media BEHIND then your militant!

  6. tstreet - May 21, 2011 at 6:35 AM

    “Lew Alcindor is such a whiner .”?

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a winner; that’s just the bottom line.

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