HoopsHype Kareem Abdul-Jabbar rumors

November 24, 2013 Updates

Former Cavaliers general manager Wayne Embry is 76 -- one year older than Oscar Robertson, his former roommate, who turns 75 today, "Pound for pound, inch for inch, I think Oscar was the greatest player of all time," Embry has told anyone who asks for years. So Robertson deserves to be included in the GOAT discussion along with Jordan and James, Embry was asked. "I think it's the others who should be included in the discussion,'' he said, emphatically. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 66, agrees. According to an article by Steve Aschburner on NBA.com, Abdul-Jabbar, who won an NBA title with Robertson in Milwaukee in 1971, recently weighed in on the subject, telling ESPN Radio, "LeBron is awesome, MJ was awesome, but I think Oscar Robertson would have kicked them both in the behind.'' Cleveland Plain Dealer

November 5, 2013 Updates
October 5, 2013 Updates

But Abdul-Jabbar thinks one of his former teammates is better than both of those all-time greats. “LeBron is awesome, MJ was awesome — but I think Oscar Robertson would have kicked them both in the behind,” Abdul-Jabbar said Thursday on Colin Cowherd‘s radio show. “Absolutely. Oscar was awesome. He had brains . . . He had all the skills. He could rebound and box out guys 4 and 6 inches taller than him. He was ruggedly built. He had fluid, quickness, and just understood the game. No flair, he just got the job done every night. Who’s going to average double figures in points, assists and rebounds?” FOXSports.com

October 4, 2013 Updates

"I mean, he’s Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. If I’m Kareem, I’m like ‘why?’ Four championships, five championships, whatever. I’ve been in Airplane, did movies with Bruce Lee. I’m not worried about the young whippersnappers, you know. Just wish him good luck. But people do things different and when I’m done playing I’m going to do whatever I can to help the next generation get better.” One of the main criticisms of Howard from Abdul-Jabbar involved Howard’s basketball IQ. On Friday, Howard had a chance to respond to the shot about his smarts on the court. “Well you can’t win three Defensive Player of the Year trophies and be stupid,” he said. “It just doesn’t happen. In a row, you can’t do that. And I don’t think any coach that has ever coached me has ever said anything about me having a low IQ for basketball. Have I done some dumb stuff on the court before? Every player has. Have we all done something stupid in life? Yes. It’s life, we make mistakes, we learn from them. It is what it is. I think I’m very intelligent when it comes to this game of basketball. I’ve been playing since I was 3 years old. I’ve seen a lot and each year I get smarter and better.” CSN Houston

October 2, 2013 Updates

“It's a rebuilding year for them because Kobe has been hurting and he has a very devastating type of injury," Abdul-Jabbar said in a recorded interview airing Thursday between 6-7 a.m. ET on CBS Sports Radio's morning show with Tiki Barber, Brandon Tierney and Dana Jacobson. "I don't think he will be able to come back as quickly and completely as he would like. It's gonna be tough on the Lakers this year." CBSSports.com

September 30, 2013 Updates

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is going on an Airplane again. The NBA legend has decided to reprise his role as Roger Murdock in the comedy "Airplane!" for a set of commercials. The Wisconsin Department of Tourism is releasing a set of ads which will feature Kareem and his former co-star Robert Hayes, who played Ted Striker in the Airplane film. David and Jerry Zucker, along with Jim Abrams, who directed and wrote the film, will team up to direct the ads, the Business Journal reports. TravelersToday.com

September 27, 2013 Updates
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Abdul-Jabbar, 66, made no mystery of his desire to replace recently fired Ben Howland at UCLA, carrying out a media campaign to rally support. He was passed over for former Indiana star and veteran coach Steve Alford. When the Bucks filled their coaching vacancy with Larry Drew, it seemed to signal the end of Abdul-Jabbar’s coaching hopes. “It didn’t work out and that’s the way it goes,” Abdul-Jabbar said on Tuesday, speaking before an appearance at the Barnes & Noble on Fifth Avenue and 47th St. Wednesday. The NBA’s all-time leading scorer was there to promote his latest book, “Sasquatch in the Paint,” loosely based on his upbringing in Manhattan. “I’m not going to ram my head against the wall. It’s time to move on. I’m not actively pursuing that,” Abdul-Jabbar said of looking for future coaching jobs. “Writing has been a nice thing for me. I’ve been pursuing that more so than anything else.” New York Daily News

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

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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

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