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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: Sep 19, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 4:30 pm

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

They should of had a full court w/ 2 baskets & enough room for 12 players in bronze...Add an announcers table w/ Chickie baby & a bench w/ Phil Jackson sitting there w/ Tex Winter by his side...  Michael Cooper & Bob McAdoo ready to ck in at the scorers table...

1.George Mikan-first great big man in the NBA
2.Elgin Baylor-If Julious Erving was the Dr,then Elgin Baylor was a brain surgeon!
3.Jerry "Mr. Clutch" West
4.Gail"Stumpy" Goodrich
5.Wilt"The Stilt" Chamberlain
6.Kareem Abdul "Captain Hook" Jabbar
7.Earvin"Magic" Johnson
8."Big Game" James Worthy
9.Shaquille "Shaq Daddy" O`Neal
10.Kobe "Black Momba" Bryant

BTW-all are Hall of Famers except Coop & all worthy of a statue

P.S. Lakers top 12 would squash Celtics top 12 in a sweep!  lol

Since: Mar 9, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 4:29 pm

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

Relax big man you will get your statue when they are ready.  i say give a statue to Rambis too. wouldnt that look cool with his glasses on.

Since: Feb 15, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 4:27 pm

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

I guess when Kareem does get a statue, instead of leading off his speech with "it's such an honor", he'll start it off saying, "it's about time!!"

Since: Dec 10, 2006
Posted on: May 18, 2011 4:26 pm

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

This is sarcasm right, Kareem?

Since: Sep 11, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 4:17 pm

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

If anyone deserves a statue it would be Kareem.  Magic was the face of Showtime.  Kareem was it's heart.  Both Kareem and Magic are easy targets to bash, they're human and imperfect just as we all are.  That takes not one bit of the lustre off what they have given us fans.

Since: Mar 26, 2007
Posted on: May 18, 2011 4:14 pm

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

As Steve Langford, from Howard 100 News, would say:

"Who gives a ?  Who gives a f@#$?"

Since: Dec 28, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 4:12 pm

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

well if he wasn't getting a statue before there's no way he gets one now after all the things he's said.....beat it Kareem it aint the 80's, move on.  You might get one in china for the work you did with Bruce Lee in Game of Death but thats about it.

Since: Apr 30, 2011
Posted on: May 18, 2011 4:05 pm

Hey Lakers, Kareem would like a statue now

The adulterer who contracted HIV/AIDS got a statue, but he didn't...probably because he smokes pot...oh wait, that's legal now.  He should get a statue just because of his role in "Airplane"

Since: Jul 9, 2010
Posted on: May 18, 2011 4:04 pm

Narcissism at its BEST

Open letter to Kareem - Come on. Give me a break. Yes, you're one of the best basketball players ever. But a statue isn't an entitlement, it's an honor. Lack of a statue doesn't exactly indicate you're being dishonored. Get a perspective on things; You're just a man who played basketball - not a God.

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