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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.
Comments

Since: Aug 4, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 6:29 pm
 

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

There are those of us that have a bubbling personality and have never met a stranger. These individual just walk right up and start a conversation with perfect strangers.

Then there are those that only speak to those we know and have known for long periods of time.

Personalities are what make the person. Most never change these traits as life go on and we move into adult hood.

Kareem was hired to play basketball and be nice to individuals for public relation purposes. He is not one to go out of his way to speak with unknown individuals. Not all of Los Angeles disliked Kareem.

I was not one that resided in the Los Angeles area that hated Kareem. There are many in the Los Angeles area that Kareem touched and have nothing but good will and feelings toward the man. Therefore all that live in Los Angeles do not hate Kareem.

He did his job and did it very well. He was instrumental in bringing several championships to the city of Los Angeles   He helped boys and girls clubs throughout the city, making personal appearances as well as untold amounts of money.

His teammates got along with him very well and named him “ The Captain” . So we know that he was respected and got along with his teammates, as well, as other basketball players that had and have nothing but good things to say about him.

Kareem is deserving of a statue at Staples Cente.You have to have one of the Captain showing off his skyhook.  I was by there last year about this time. It never donned on me that his likeness was not there. It is about time that this is rectified and others as well given the proper respect they deserve in the athletic realm of playing sports in Los Angeles.

“GO LAKERS”


“ONE MAN’S OPINION”





Since: Oct 12, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 6:26 pm
 

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

They put a statue of Magic but not Kareem?  That sounds racial to me.  This is probably the worst case of racial bigotry in the NBA since the Cleveland owner treated Lebron like a slave because he would only pay him$95 million.



Since: Nov 7, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 6:16 pm
 

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

Kareem was obviously one of the greatest players of all time, but do you really have to act like this? He must be that full of himself that he needs a statue up of him so everyone can see him. Can't he just be happy with the success he's had and all of the joy and happiness that comes from that?
Spot on.  Why does it really matter?  The guy is in the hall of fame, has one of the most recognizable faces on the planet, and he still wants more?  And when they build the statue, if they do, how do the Lakers even know if this unappreciative arse will even like it?  



Since: Oct 31, 2009
Posted on: May 18, 2011 6:15 pm
 

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

Some points well taken.  Jerry West is very deserving, notably as a result of his lengthy and distinguished career with the Lakers.  Kareem will get his statue and it appears he has already been told that; so if, in fact, the comments released about the slight are his then it appears that he is solely expressing dissatisfaction that Jerry West was honored before him.  My question is:  no one has mentioned Elgin Baylor.  I'm from St. Louis but I did grow up watching him play and it would appear that he would be a deserving recipient at some time.  



Since: Mar 29, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 6:13 pm
 

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

TYPICAL LAKER MOVE, BUT THEY WILL PUT ONE UP OF KOBE.... KAREEM SAVED THAT TEAM MANY OF TIMES I HAD THE OPPROTUNITY TO SEE HIM IN MILWAUKEE SKY HOOK OVER WILT CHAMBERLIN THATS THE STATUE THEY SHOULD PUT IN FRONT OF THE STAPLES CENTER.



Since: Apr 10, 2008
Posted on: May 18, 2011 6:10 pm
 

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

Magic was 5-4 in title series... "not that great"  Really??  Compared to whom is going to the championship series 9 times in 12 years and winning 5, not that great?  I'm sorry, but that's great under any professional standard.  And lets get our facts straight.  Magic, as a 20 year old rookie, won the deicding game of the 1980 finals almost single-handed - Kareem was hurt & didnt play game six, and Magic only went for 42 points, 15 boards and 7 assists to bring the Lakers their first title in 8 years- as a ROOKIE ..."not that great."  In 1985, it was Magic's baby sky-hook that sealed the deal for that championship.  In 1989, one of the finals he lost, he got injured in game 1 against the Pistons and didn't play the remainder of the series.  Magic owned L.A. in he 80's with his charasmatic personality and entertaining yet effective play.  His rivalry with Bird completely revived the entire league.  But eeeh, he's "not that great." While Kareem undenieably was a integral piece to the Lakers' dynasty in the 80s, he was on the back-end of his career, and was not the main cog - that was Magic.  And if you think otherwsie, you clearly did not watch the Lakers during that era.



Since: Feb 15, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 6:07 pm
 

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

Kareem was obviously one of the greatest players of all time, but do you really have to act like this? He must be that full of himself that he needs a statue up of him so everyone can see him. Can't he just be happy with the success he's had and all of the joy and happiness that comes from that? It's not like the Lakers were never going to honor him. Athletes like this are aweful role models to aspiring athletes.



Since: Apr 27, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 6:05 pm
 

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

I always liked Kareem, why do so many people dislike him?Sealed



Since: Aug 1, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 5:56 pm
 

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

Maybe they should make a statue of the Kareem that Lew sued for using his name and put it in front of the Dolphins stadium.  That way he would be the second Kareem to have a statue.



Since: Mar 24, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 5:15 pm
 

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

Kareem has a point. He should have a statue just for his performance in "Airplane". I'm just wondering why there is a statue of Wayne Gretzky in front of the Staples Center. As far as I know The Kings never won anything with or without Gretzky. Is there a Babe Ruth Statue in Boston ?  A Barry Bonds statue in Pittsburgh ?  A Johnny Unitas statue in San Diego ? A Joe Montana Statue in KC ?


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