HoopsHype Kareem Abdul-Jabbar rumors

May 3, 2013 Updates

Miami Heat star LeBron James is named Most Valuable Player for the fourth time, league sources confirmed Friday. James has been voted MVP for the second straight season and for the fourth time in the past five years. He'll join Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain with at least four MVP awards. ESPN.com

April 23, 2013 Updates

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has expanded his reach beyond the basketball court, writing pop-culture essays on his blog at the Huffington Post. The six-time NBA champion takes on reality television in a thoughtful, critical analysis of the genre. "Those who refuse to watch, based on some misguided cultural snobbery, aren't just missing great entertainment, they are overlooking the best social insight into the American psyche since Huck Finn and Jim explored the soul of America on a raft of lost innocence," writes Abdul-Jabbar. The Hall-of-Fame center is a fan of Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchise, calling creator Andy Cohen "the Andy Warhol of the 21st century." Los Angeles Times

NBA all-time leading scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar isn’t a big fan of HBO’s Girls, a “white ghetto” of a show filled with unappealing protagonists (“We’re supposed to find these girls somehow charming because of their flawed characters,” he wrote in February.) But in a new Huffington Post column, Abdul-Jabbar reveals that another group of (mostly) white, self-involved, fatally ignorant televised characters has indeed stolen his heart: The ladies of Bravo’s Real Housewives, a franchise the athlete lauds as “the best social insight into the American psyche since Huck Finn and Jim explored the soul of America on a raft of lost innocence.” Entertainment Weekly

April 18, 2013 Updates
April 8, 2013 Updates

Nonetheless, Abdul-Jabbar has performed well enough through three episodes to stay among the seven remaining contestants out of the original 11-person field. More important, Abdul-Jabbar's participation provides further evidence he's significantly progressed since learning in November 2009 that he has a rare form of leukemia. "I'm doing really well. My health is good," the 65-year-old Abdul-Jabbar said. "It's a wonderful situation to be in because when I was diagnosed I was pretty far down. I thought it could've been the end of me. That's scary." Long Beach Press-Telegram

April 7, 2013 Updates

Only four men have won four MVP awards, and some believe they are the four greatest players ever. They are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (six), Michael Jordan (five), Bill Russell (five) and Wilt Chamberlain (four). “Anytime I’m mentioned with the greatest players to play the game or people period, it is a wow factor because I grew up and studied those guys and watched those guys, and a few of those guys were my inspiration growing up,’’ James said. James returned after missing three games due to a hamstring strain. He was just as good as before he left, if not better. FOXSports Florida

April 6, 2013 Updates

One prominent former Laker sounds skeptical about the team's playoff chances. "It's going to be tough," Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said in a phone interview. "If they do make it, I don't know how far they're going to go." The Lakers entered their game Friday against Memphis with a half-game lead over Utah for the eighth playoff spot. The Lakers would likely play against San Antonio or Oklahoma City in the first round. They've only gone 1-5 against those teams. "They had been trying to figure out a whole new system," Abdul-Jabbar said, referring to Mike D'Antoni replacing Mike Brown as head coach following a 1-4 start. "That just makes for confusion. They may have to wait until next year." Los Angeles Daily News

April 1, 2013 Updates

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Childhood in the city is pretty different now. There’s not a whole lot of ethnic neighborhoods anymore. They’ve taken all the people in New York and put them in a blender, and they land in chunks and puddles in various parts of the city. It’s a city of workaholics, where the successful really live well. You see that, and you want to join their ranks. I remember I saw a man get out of a Rolls-Royce—the man was Caucasian, and his driver was black. I said to the driver, “I’m gonna have a car like that one day.” New York Magazine

March 31, 2013 Updates

Apparently, that guy in the AT&T commercials is tired of speaking with children in order to highlight the company’s service offerings. The wireless provider went out and got Magic Johnson, Larry Bird, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and Bill Russell to appear in its most recent iteration of television spots, with the one in the video clip above featuring an emotionally sensitive Bird being reacting to Magic poking fun at his lack of speed on the court during his playing days. NBCSports.com

March 29, 2013 Updates

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on How to develop a business Rolodex -- and implement it. I was never that interested in the practicalities of business or career. I thought that if I played exceptional basketball, all else would fall neatly into place. I wish I'd forced myself to pay more attention to the many business contacts and opportunities I had. If I'd started my pro career with that awareness, I might have accomplished much more, not just in terms of my own business gains, but in growing my Skyhook Foundation to do even more in the community. Huffington Post

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on How to become financially literate and aware of how investments work. Like many professional athletes, especially back in the late Sixties, I focused on my sport and trusted others to focus on my business. That did not always work out to my benefit. I wish I'd stepped up to the role of businessman more, learning about how investments work and what my financial options were. Huffington Post

March 27, 2013 Updates

Jimmy Kimmel also asked Kareem about the UCLA opening for head coach, and if he would have any interest. Kareem responded that he “certainly would be interested in coaching the team.” Not to get wins, mind you, but to help get players their degrees and teach them basketball. Kareem’s coaching experience is limited to serving as a special assistant to Phil Jackson, and coaching the Oklahoma Storm of the USBL. He does, however, know what it is like to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes. The Big Lead

March 20, 2013 Updates

March 20, 1990: #33 was officially retired. The Los Angeles Lakers retired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s jersey one year after he announced the end of his NBA career. The storied sky-hooker left the game with more championship rings than fingers on his right hand, and remains the all-time leading NBA scorer (38,387 lifetime points). You might be saying to yourself, “Hey, I wonder what Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is up to these days?”…and we have an update! 65-year-old, 7-foot-2 Kareem made a spectacular bellyflopping debut on ABC’s Splash last night. (Splash is a celebrity diving contest, in case you’re mercifully unaware of its existence). USA Today Sports

March 18, 2013 Updates

Splash is a new ABC reality show that debuts on Tuesday, March 19 (8 p.m. Eastern/ 7 p.m. Central). In this show "10 celebrities will train and compete in regulation platform and springboard diving at dizzying heights in front of a weekly poolside audience," according to ABC's Splash reality show website. The ten contestants includes a who's who of current and retired pro athletes, celebrities and entertainers. Included is former Los Angeles Lakers great Kareem Abdul Jabbar, the NBA's all-time leading scorer. Abdul Jabbar teamed with Magic Johnson, James Worthy and many other Lakers greats to form the most dominant NBA team of the 1980’s. Examiner

March 5, 2013 Updates

Last week, for example, I listened to almost two straight hours of speculation on who should be the next head coach for the Bucks. The list was full of the usual suspects: fired coaches, retired coaches, assistant coaches, college coaches. One name I didn't hear, and one that I think should move to the very head of the line is a man I talked with last week who said he'd jump at the chance to coach the Bucks. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. I asked him flat out if he would be willing to be the head coach of the Bucks. "Of course," he replied. OnMilwaukee.com

February 22, 2013 Updates
February 20, 2013 Updates

Here's a rundown of all the speakers/performers expected at Dr. Jerry Buss' memorial service on Thursday ... CBS2′s Jim Hill will be the emcee. The other expected speakers are: Timothy Leiweke - President and CEO of Anschutz Entertainment Group; Johnny Buss - Buss' oldest son; Frank Mariani - Dr. Buss’ long-time business partner); David Stern - NBA commissioner; Jerry West - former Lakers executive; Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - former Lakers center; Phil Jackson - former Lakers coach; Shaquille O’Neal - former Lakers center; Pau Gasol - Lakers forward; Pat Riley - former Lakers coach; Kobe Bryant - Lakers guard; Magic Johnson - former Lakers guard. Sulia

February 18, 2013 Updates

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: When someone as celebrated and charismatic as Jerry Buss dies, we are reminded of two things. First, just how much one person with vision and strength of will can accomplish. Second, how fragile each of us is, regardless of how powerful we were. Those two things combine to inspire us to reach for the stars, but also to remain with our feet firmly on the ground among our loved ones. Dr. Buss embodied that compassionate entrepreneurial spirit. He strove to reach greater heights without forgetting his community roots. During his stewardship, the Lakers exemplified his personal standards of excellence and became one of the dominant teams in the NBA and a force of good within the community. The man may be gone, but he has made us all better people for knowing him. --- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Facebook.com

February 15, 2013 Updates

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