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Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

Posted on: May 18, 2011 3:42 pm
Edited on: May 18, 2011 7:37 pm
Posted by Royce Young

I was in Los Angeles for Jerry West's statue unveiling and it was quite the scene. A ton of former legends all gathered into a spot to honor one of the all-time great Lakers. It was two hours of pretty much talking about how great Jerry West was.

I'm sure it was pretty nice.

And Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's all-time leading scorer, would like that moment too. Via the Sporting News, Kareem is feeling overlooked.

"I don't understand (it)," he said. "It's either an oversight or they're taking me for granted. I'm not going to try to read people's minds, but it doesn't make me happy. It's definitely a slight. I feel slighted."
I can't imagine it being either because how can you overlook him or take him for granted. Let's recap here: Again, the all-time leading scorer, a 19-time All-Star (!), six-time champion (five with the Lakers), three national titles at UCLA and he's widely considered one of the top five players of all time. How you could overlook or take that for granted is pretty incredible.

It's got to be a bigger issue like, "they just haven't gotten to it yet."

Kareem's also issued this statement through his business manager: "I am highly offended by the total lack of acknowledgement of my contribution to Laker success. I guess being the lynchpin for five world championships is not considered significant enough in terms of being part of Laker history."

Kareem's statue wouldn't take a brilliant creative mind to come up with though. Everyone knows his infamous skyhook pose. That would definitely look pretty sweet standing in bronze outside of the arena.

Currently, there are five statues outside of the Staples Center: Magic Johnson, Jerry West, legendary team announcer Chick Hearn, boxer Oscar De La Hoya and hockey great Wayne Gretzky.

Lakers spokesman John Black gave a response: "We've been at Staples Center 11 years and have two ex-players who have statues now. It's not like we do it every year; we have no timetable. Whenever we do the next statue of the third Los Angeles Lakers player, it (will be) Kareem---and he has been told that. Again, we didn't say when that was going to be. It could be next year, the year after or several years from now."

See, that's what I'm saying. I don't think it's so much an oversight as it's just that they picked Magic Johnson and Jerry West first to do. Kareem can be offended by that, but that's kind of hard to argue with.

Kareem added to things, tweeting this: "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." Lakers don't care about you? Yeesh.

It seems like Kareem's outrage might put the Lakers in an awkward position now. Like since he complained about it and got his way, are other players going to? What about Shaq, does he deserve one? James Worthy? Eddie Jones (kidding).

Now if they give Kobe a statue before Kareem, then he'll really have a point.

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:32 pm

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

I agree Kareem's aloofness with the media has haunted him in his post playing days. I personally think recognition should be based on talent and contributions as opposed to personality. Art Monk's aloofness screwed him for a decade from Canton despite holding the main WR records before Rice broke them. Pisses me off how many members of the media who probably were benchwarmers...if they even played competitive HS sports....can prevent greats without a kiss ass personality from getting their recognition.

Since: Dec 1, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:18 pm

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

Kareem is the best big man in the over 30 years I have watched the NBA. Longevity and gracefulness. MVP of the NBA Finals at age 40. Parish, Shaq and Hakeem either were on fumes before age 40 or hung around on the bench like Parish. This guy gave Milwaukee their only pro title in 1971 and rejuvenated an ailing Lakers squad along with Magic. Not sure how he still hasn't gotten a statue.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:17 pm

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

shut your stupid pie hole,you f ....... idiot.

Since: Sep 10, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 11:11 pm

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

I watched and you are a six was one game , Kareem stayed in game 5 after he hurt his ankle and dunked on dr j and made the free throws , he tore up boston as well,yes magic was great .take kareem away and you get zero rings

Since: Oct 1, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 10:12 pm

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

This is the first time I have ever agreed with someone that complained about lack of recognition.   Gretzky before Kareem?  Chevy Chase deserves a status in LA before Gretzky.  Kareem should have been bronzed before all but maybe Magic.  And that is an iffy maybe.

Since: Jul 2, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 9:10 pm

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

That maybe that the reason Kareem A. Jabbar does not have a statue. or is it because of his spirtual/religious stance?  It also could be that Kareem suffers from Migranes and treats it with Marijuana. The NBA has overlooked Kareem since 1995, when he started searching for a Head Coaching position.  Kareen went to the USBL and lead the Oaklahoma Storm to the Championship, but still the Lakers and the NBA would only give him low level Special Assistant Positions to upgrade the play of their awkward Centers .  Kareem had to go volunteer at Alchesay High School on a Indian Reservation to get another Head Coaching position. It wasn't until 2005 that the Lakers saw the error of their ways and hired him to improve the play of Andrew Bynum.  We are now viewing NBA Player with much less experience and hardware Coaching or being Assistance Coaches.

Vinny Del Negro got a Head Coaching position and I can figure out what the hell he did to deserve one, look on any NBA teams bench and NOTICE all of the former player that are serving as Head Coaches or Assistance Coaches.  Even Wes Unseld got to be a Head Coach and was the worst Head Coach ever.  Isaiah Thomas got to be a Head Coach and did damaged to the Knick franchise for the next 10 years.  So I just don't see the Lakers being absent in their support of one of THEIR all time great Center but whole NBA.  Make you want to ask the question is the NBA purposely treating Kareem Abdul Jabbar differently because of his spirtual/religious outllook, or his treatment for his Migraines, bet Craig Hodges (former Bulls shooting guard who had the same spirtual/religious stance as Kareem) thinks the NBA is FOS (Full of Shit) an should do better by KAREEM ABDUL JABBAR 19 TIMES AN ALLSTAR, 6 NBA CHAMPIONSHIPS, ALLTIME LEADING SCORER.

Since: Jan 13, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 8:54 pm

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

I can definately understand Kareem's displeasure with not being memorialized with a statue at Staples. I mean, come on, Chick Hearn? Before Kareem?  No way. Gretzky? He did nothing in LA...his greatness came in Edmonton. I wouldn't be surprised if Kobe and Phil got trophied before Kareem. Thats the kind of mind Jerry Buss has. I'm not much for people tooting their own horns for things like this...getting accolades and inductions and the sort...but in this case I think it is proper and needs to be said. I am just curious if it was said before by others...execs/owners who make the decisions of who gets statues in front of the building. How do you think those meetings went? "Gee fellas, lets see, who we gonna put a statue of at the arena...Kareem (all time leading scorer and multiple champ among others)? Gretzky? Nah lets do our announcer!!!!" Next one erected will probably be Jerry Buss sitting in a recliner reading a book to 'lil Jeannie Buss (but she'll be 40 years old in the piece..not a lil girl). Get a clue Lakers....give the man what he deserves.

Since: Aug 27, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 7:34 pm

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

I see where some people have been stating that Kareem wouldn't have won a championship without Magic, but he already did with Milwaukee. I believe they wouldn't have won those championships without each other....period. They both should have gotten statues at the same time.

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 7:21 pm

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

Kareen's statue should have come first, than Magic Johnson.

Since: Oct 30, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 7:18 pm

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

WRONG!  You must be under 40.

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