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Report: Kareem’s getting his statue

Aug 27, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar AP

Turns out it doesn’t matter how much of a pain you are if you’re the NBA’s All-Time leading scorer and one of the best players to ever step on the floor for the best franchise in basketball.

The Los Angeles Times reports:

The Lakers plan to unveil a statue of Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar outside Staples Center during the 2012-13 season, The Times has learned.

No date for unveiling the statue has been finalized.

via Lakers will unveil statue of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar during season – latimes.com.

Abdul-Jabbar had made a huge fuss over the fact that a statue had not already been erected at Staples, after Jerry West’s was unveiled last year. Boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya and hockey’s Wayne Gretzky also have statues at the arena, along with Magic Johnson. It’s a pretty fitting case study of where Abdul-Jabbar stands in the NBA’s historical hierarchy. The point guard with the big smile who played center for him, hockey’s greatest player ever, De La Hoya and West, who was an architect in management as well as on the floor for the franchise, but also a noted high maintenance individual, all received statues before the best scorer in NBA history.

The statue has to be of him in the skyhook, right? I mean, that’s the only option. Besides this, Shirley. The skyhook stands as one of the greatest basketball moves ever created, if nothing else for its simplicity. I’m taller than you so I’m going to shoot with my huge arm as high as it can go. Easy.

There was nothing easy with dealing with Kareem, if you accept many of the things that have been written about “Cap,” but it looks like this project’s finally getting done.

(PS: I hope to one day have been good enough at  anything to demand a statue. Who does that? Honestly?)

  1. omniusprime - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:58 AM

    Way past time for Kareem to be properly honored with a statue at Staples. I certainly hope that it shows him doing his patented sky hook shot, that would be awesome. I can’t wait to see it unveiled. Thanks Kareem for all the great memories and hopefully you can teach Howard how to sky hook.

  2. dgforreal - Aug 28, 2012 at 12:25 PM

    Once the statue goes up can you guys ditch the Sith Lord picture that you guys always seem to use?

  3. florida727 - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:01 PM

    (PS: I hope to one day have been good enough at anything to demand a statue. Who does that? Honestly?)

    Matt. Sorry. Ain’t happening. Love you though :)

  4. manchestermiracle - Aug 28, 2012 at 1:32 PM

    Well, Moore, Kareem sure wasn’t a “pain” to Lakers fans while he was winning titles and raining skyhooks down on the opponent. Hell, even Magic used a “baby skyhook” (Chick Hearn) to whip the Celtics in their own house. Kareem might not have been the best interview, but I find it hard to feel sorry for reporters who don’t get the predictable quotes they expect.

  5. rooney24 - Aug 28, 2012 at 8:20 PM

    Gotta be the Skyhook. That will be one tall statue if it is.

  6. eugenesaxe - Aug 28, 2012 at 9:00 PM

    1-He shouldn’t have had to bitch to get it.
    2-He shouldn’t have bitched about it anyway.

  7. gandalf47 - Aug 29, 2012 at 4:15 PM

    Don’t call me Shirley!

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