Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Rumors
In this moment, as Abdul-Jabbar glides through the construction site followed by a group of media and Bucks staffers, he serves as a human bridge between the franchise’s past and the future. “I think it’s great that they have a player and a team that can contend and give them some reason to come to the arena and cheer,” Abdul-Jabbar told ESPN. “You get kind of worn out cheering for perennial losers. Giannis has made quite an impact in that area. I’m happy for the fans here. Year in, year out, I run into people wherever I am, people from Wisconsin that saw me play and really appreciated it. So they got great fans here, and I hope that they get it together to the point where they’re contending and all of this bears fruit.”
Basketball-Reference: James Harden is on pace to lead the NBA in WS for the third time. Here’s a list of everyone else who’s done that 3+ times: George Mikan, Neil Johnston, Wilt Chamberlain, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan and LeBron James.
The Vertical: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar discusses this generation of athlete activism and pushes back against the “stick to sports” notion. pic.twitter.com/lfIsIz49O5
In the wake of LeBron James being told on a national news network to “shut up and dribble,” one of the first NBA activists, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, can attest that 50 years have passed with little progress. “Nothing has really changed,” Abdul-Jabbar told the Daily News. “When I first started to speak out about different issues, people felt I didn’t have the right to because I had the opportunity to be a professional athlete. And that has nothing to do with desire to speak out on issues that are very important.”
Like LeBron today, Abdul-Jabbar was considered then one of the greatest players in the game. “LeBron has every right to discuss issues,” Abdul-Jabbar told The News. “The fact that he’s a successful athlete does not mean he can’t speak out on issues.