HoopsHype Kareem Abdul-Jabbar rumors

September 2, 2013 Updates

Jimmy Goldstein: As the years went by, my attachment to the Hawks waned, but my anti-Lakers sentiment became more firmly entrenched for a number of reasons. First, I usually pull for the underdog in any sports competition, and the Lakers were getting to The Finals or winning championships far too often for me. I like it when a different team becomes a title contender each year. Secondly, I didn't like it that the Lakers were able to attract so many superstars away from other teams. I like level competition, and the Lakers upset league balance with players like Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Shaquille O'Neal, and many others leaving their teams to live in Los Angeles. (Wilt and I became good friends, and he once told me of his displeasure over my pulling for the opposition, but nothing changed.) NBA.com

July 8, 2013 Updates
July 4, 2013 Updates

The Lakers said little about their vast championship history (16 NBA titles) and storied franchise players (Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar). Or that they could sign Howard to a five-year deal worth $118 million as opposed to a four-year deal worth $87.6 million with any other team. "He has seen the championship banners every day in the facility and the retired jerseys," said a league source familiar with the details surrounding the meetings. "The Lakers know how Dwight feels about their past and legacy. They didn't want to go into that. "Their concern to him was the present and future." Long Beach Press-Telegram

June 20, 2013 Updates
May 19, 2013 Updates
May 15, 2013 Updates

After getting a crash course in professional basketball from some of the WNBA's best players over the past week, Brittney Griner was given the lesson of a lifetime on Wednesday with a one-on-one session on the skyhook with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. FOXSports.com

Griner didn't look particularly comfortable with the shot at first, but seemed to be getting it down by the end of the 20-minute session, particularly after Abdul-Jabbar adjusted the way she was holding the ball. ''She did start to get it, how I used it,'' he said. ''Not everybody uses the same tool in the same way, so you've got to make adjustments to that. But I think with her potential and willingness to learn, she'll do well.'' FOXSports.com

May 10, 2013 Updates

Mavericks GM Donnie Nelson recently joined Cory & Nathan on 105.3 The Fan. Here are some highlights: On if the Mavs would rather have an elite point guard or center: “Look, I don’t think there is any question if you look at some of the challenges we had last year, point guards are very unique, and it’s really hard to find those guys. That’s why we pulled out all the stops to try to get Deron Williams to come back home. Obviously, he opted to stay in New York. I don’t think there is any position as important as point guard regardless of what level you’re playing on. But hey, if you’re talking about the next if not equal, you talk about the big guy in the middle. You look back at history with Hakeem Olajuwon and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and you go right down the list, and it’s very difficult to go deep in the playoffs without an inside presence, defensively certainly so obviously, those are two key positions.” Dallas Morning News

May 5, 2013 Updates
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

Any rumor missing? E-mail us at   hoopshype@hoopshype.com.