Bruce Lee Rumors
The 70-year-old Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and 20-year-old Jamal Murray are separated by generations but share the same competitive muse: Bruce Lee, “The Little Dragon.” Abdul-Jabbar recently spoke with ESPN about his bond with Lee. “I had studied a little bit of martial arts in New York and I wanted to continue to study them when I started classes at UCLA,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “My junior year, I started looking for instruction and [Black Belt Magazine editor Mitoshi Uyehara] directed me to Bruce. They said Bruce was doing his own style and I might like that.”
Then there’s Murray, a native of Canada who was reared on the tenets of Lee’s teachings by his father, Roger. Roger was a lifelong fan of Lee’s having grown up in the ’70s watching the kung fu legend’s movies, including the iconic films “Enter the Dragon” and “Game of Death.” “Bruce Lee took his craft very seriously, just as my dad took his stuff very seriously. I just loved Lee’s attitude,” Jamal said.
“Bruce was an innovator and caused martial arts to move forward. … The skyhook is the embodiment of an efficient shot that requires minimal movement but sudden speed,” Abdul-Jabbar said. Likewise, many NBA evaluators say Murray has a deceptive quickness that lulls opponents into lax defensive positions, as well as a cerebral maturity that allows him to make quick, sound decisions regarding when he can beat his man, drive to the hoop and dish to an open teammate or step back and drain a 3. “[Lee’s] attitude and his mental preparation and his mental toughness are what I took from him into basketball,” Murray said.
What about his on-the-court mantra? For that, James can turn to his left and turn to Bruce Lee. Yes, Bruce Lee, the martial arts legend. The great mistake is to anticipate the outcome of the engagement; you ought not to be thinking of whether it ends in victory or defeat. Let nature takes its course, and your tools will strike at the right moment. So why Lee? “I’m a huge fan,” James said. “Since I was little.”
Tinsley found a Bruce Lee poster in the training room and, as a joke, taped it up next to the locker of rookie Enes Kanter in the Staples Center visitors’ room. “I put it over there by his locker to give him something look at. He probably don’t even know who he is,” Tinsley joked. “I was a big fan.” Kanter said he’d heard of Lee before, but Tinsley added, “He’s like, ‘What’s this?'”