HoopsHype Kareem Abdul-Jabbar rumors

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“By focusing on race, I also sent the unintentional and hurtful message that our white fans are more valuable than our black fans.” But that’s not the message in the email at all. If the seats had all been filled, even if all by blacks, the email wouldn’t have been written. He wasn’t valuing white fans over blacks, he was trying to figure out a way to change what he thought was the white perception in Atlanta so he could sell more tickets. That’s his job. TIME

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In a guest column for TIME, Abdul-Jabbar writes that James can never return to the Cleveland he knew in 2010, as that city no longer exists. “Once we leave home and are battered about by our adventures in life, we become changed. And in our disillusioned minds our ‘home’ becomes a romanticized symbol of our innocence where we dreamed limitlessly and were loved unconditionally. But that home, too, has changed because of our absence. The residents are more wary. So it is with LeBron and Cleveland. For The Win

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"Roy's never asked us to go bring someone in," Bird, the Pacers' president of basketball operations, said. "I always say big guys are different. I would encourage Roy to try to get with one of the greats. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the best teachers. Bill Walton is great. They know how to play the position as well as anyone ever has. I would encourage that." ESPN.com

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When I asked Lasry if former Bucks center and Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had expressed an interest in being part of the ownership group: “I think he wants to get involved.’’ Racine Journal-Times

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