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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

  1. Friday Night Video: Bruce Lee fights Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Sep 7, 2012, 10:01 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bruce Lee

    Bruce Lee vs. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in a movie fight. This is why YouTube should exist. The scene is from the film “Game of Death,” which was one of Bruce Lee’s final films but not released in the United States until five years after his death (with all sorts of reshoots). He filmed most of the…

  2. Jordan, Magic to be presenters at Hall of Fame ceremony

    Aug 29, 2012, 8:01 AM EDT

    Utah Jazz v Chicago Bulls

    Presenters are a ceremonial part of the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame induction. They don’t actually do anything, but the ceremony calls for an already enshrined Hall of Famer to stand behind the inductee as he or she speaks about being inducted. When Phil Knight — the founder of Nike — is enshrined next Friday…

  3. Report: Kareem’s getting his statue

    Aug 27, 2012, 9:31 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    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…

  4. Joakim Noah to work with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar this summer

    May 18, 2012, 3:12 PM EDT

    Bulls' Noah shouts from the bench while they play against the 76ers during their NBA Eastern Conference quarter-final playoff basketball game in Philadelphia

    In recent years, a pilgrimage to Houston to work with Hakeem Olajuwon has become the Mecca of NBA players wanting to work on their post game. Kobe Bryant, LeBron James, Dwight Howard and host of others have made the trek. But Joakim Noah is going another direction this summer — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. From Real GM:…

  5. Friday And-1 Links: Kareem still not good at “Jeopardy”

    May 18, 2012, 1:40 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Here is our daily look around the NBA — links to stories worth reading and notes to check out (stuff that did not get its own post here at PBT) — done in bullet point form. Because bloggers love bullet points. • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar went back on a charity/celebrity Jeopardy event (after his classic flub…

  6. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar named Global Cultural Ambassador

    Jan 18, 2012, 2:36 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Few people can represent both the diversity and opportunity in the United States like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. So he makes an interesting and smart choice as a United States Global Cultural Ambassador, something Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton named him on Wednesday, the White House announced. He will soon be going to Brazil in his…

  7. Kobe youngest player to 28,000 points, not catching Kareem

    Jan 2, 2012, 9:10 AM EDT

    New York Knicks v Los Angeles Lakers

    There’s irony that it came on one of the worst shooting nights of his career, but Kobe Bryant set a historic NBA scoring mark on Sunday night. With a fourth-quarter free throw Kobe became the youngest player in NBA history to reach 28,oo0 points. Kobe is 33 years, 131 days. Only five other players in…

  8. Kareem says Shaq didn’t get help because he didn’t ask

    Nov 10, 2011, 12:07 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Among the seemingly countless interesting bits coming out of Shaquille O’Neal’s new book — hitting stores next week, if you still buy your books in stores — were some swipes at Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Shaq said that Kareem offered him no help through his NBA career. Which seems believable because Kareem is a bit standoffish. But…

  9. NBA 2K12 releases names of legends in the game

    Aug 19, 2011, 2:36 PM EDT

    NBA 2K12

    With the lockout likely to muck up the season, NBA 2K12 made a smart move — this year’s game is going to have legends of basketball that you can unlock and play. We knew a few of them — Michael Jordan was back from last season, with Larry Bird and Magic Johnson. Three names aimed…

  10. Most minutes played in NBA history, regular season and playoffs? Kareem.

    Aug 15, 2011, 7:21 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Bucks

    When we talk about the wear and tear on a player’s body, we can quickly look up how many regular season minutes a player has racked up. But that leaves out the playoffs. For a player like Kobe Bryant, that is 8,165 minutes — the equivalent of three more 82 game seasons at his regular…

  11. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is not in the Olowokandi fan club

    Jul 26, 2011, 1:16 PM EDT

    Michael Olowokandi #34

    In an ESPN column ostensibly about how the owners need to get their revenue sharing house in order before they tell the players to take less money — a point with some validity — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar goes off on a tangent. And tells a great story. Kareem, who has served as a big man assistant…

  12. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar apparently big Billy Corgan fan

    Jul 3, 2011, 5:10 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    When you woke up this morning you probably said to yourself, “If there is one thing I would like to see today, it is Kareem Abdul-Jabber smashing a pumpkin.” We’ve got that for you. Just watch the video below (via SLAM). And with it comes Kareem pimping the new Smashing Pumpkins album. Only in America.…

  13. Kareem writes open letter to Pippen about LeBron, Jordan

    May 31, 2011, 2:09 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Everyone has climbed all over Scottie Pippen in recent days for putting LeBron James on the same pedestal with Michael Jordan, calling Jordan the best scorer of all time but LeBron a potentially better all around player. At best it felt a little premature. In Chicago that was blasphemy. Now Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has entered the…

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

    May 19, 2011, 9:51 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    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…

  15. Kareem: “The Lakers don’t care about me”

    May 18, 2011, 7:50 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is still tweeting about a potential statue of him, and things have taken an interesting turn. Here’s a tweet the NBA’s All-Time leading scorer just sent out: Rumor has it that I will be getting a statue. A caveat for all my fans-don’t hold your breath. Lakers don’t care about me. Wow. Before…

  16. Kareem feels “slighted” Lakers haven’t given him statue

    May 18, 2011, 4:23 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers

    Magic Johnson has one, a larger-than-life bronze statue of him in front of Staples Center, home of the Lakers. Jerry West has one. So does legendary Lakers broadcaster Chick Hearn. (So do Wayne Gretzky and Oscar de la Hoya.) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — who like Magic and West never played in Staples — feels slighted he…

  17. Kobe will someday become all-time leading playoff scorer

    Apr 23, 2011, 1:31 PM EDT

    Los Angeles Lakers v New Orleans Hornets - Game Three

    While he will deny it when asked about it, Kobe Bryant knows when he passes a rival or legend on an important list. So when Kobe Shaquille O’Neal on the NBA’s all-time playoff scoring list (likely during Game 5 of the Lakers/Hornets series), he will be smirking inside and thinking of lines about how his…

  18. Abdul-Jabbar says Howard has “blind spots” in his game

    Mar 23, 2011, 6:11 PM EDT

    Dwight Howard

    Dwight Howard is having a phenomenal season. The 25-year old center is scoring 3.3 more points per 40 minutes than he did a year ago, is the key player on one of the five best defenses in the NBA, is still a monster on the boards, and has a decent chance at winning his first…

  19. ‘Melo isn’t original — Kareem forced his way to Lakers the same way

    Jan 28, 2011, 1:00 PM EDT

    Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Bucks

    It’s a new era. NBA players are taking control of their careers in a way they never have before. Did you see Miami? Now we have Carmelo Anthony trying to manuever his way out of Denver to New York like no player has ever done before. Wrong. Players have done it before. More than once.…

  20. Nets GM says Brook Lopez will never be a 10 rebound a game guy

    Jan 5, 2011, 10:51 AM EDT

    New Jersey Nets v Atlanta Hawks

    Brook Lopez is not a terrible rebounder. He’s just a terrible rebounder for a guy who is 7-feet tall and spends his time hanging out near the basket. He’s averaging an uninspiring 8.6 rebounds per game. Or, look at it this way: so far this season, Lopez is bringing down about 10.4 percent of the…

  21. Jerry Sloan’s old-school thoughts on Miami’s trio

    Dec 7, 2010, 4:14 PM EDT

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    Utah coach Jerry Sloan is decidedly old school. Not like Run DMC is old school, I mean more like Sinatra old school Tough minded. Loyal. Movement off the ball not just isolation plays. No free layups. All of that in a good way. But that means sometimes he doesn’t mix as well with the new…

  22. Kobe Bryant becomes youngest player to 26,000 points

    Nov 12, 2010, 10:58 AM EDT

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    Thursday night, with a turnaround jumper from the right block area, Kobe Bryant became the youngest player ever to score 26,000 points in the NBA. Bryant is 32 years, 80 days old, which means he got to the milestone a few weeks a head of Wilt Chamberlain. Now, if you want to go by games…

  23. Iguodala thinks Kevin Durant will score more than Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

    Aug 31, 2010, 1:02 PM EDT

    You know you can score the rock when people start throwing your name around with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (the NBA’s all-time leading scorer).That’s what Andre Iguodala did with Kevin Durant at Comcast Philadelphia. (via Fan Nation) “Kevin Durant will be the NBA’s all-time leading scorer when it’s all said and done,” Iguodala said emphatically. “He loves…

  24. What can we really expect from Shaq this year?

    Aug 1, 2010, 5:41 PM EDT

    Shaquille O’Neal is still looking for a team. August has arrived, and the FMD (Former Most Dominant) is unemployed. It seems reasonable that Shaq would be towards the end of the free agent acquisitions. He’s in the awkward cross-section of expensive and old, both of which are in the short list of words that make…

  25. Yes Magic, you would team up with other superstars. In fact you did.

    Jul 22, 2010, 10:13 AM EDT

    Magic Johnson has done what we all do — we remember ourselves as better and more noble than we really were. We rewrite our personal histories to fit those better selves. Remember how Magic Johnson agreed with Michael Jordan? How he said the two would never have teamed up with other superstars because they were…

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