Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Rumors
On what he has taken from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar — who was also at the game — about playing so deep into his career: Bryant: I know he was really big into yoga. That’s one of the questions I asked him when he was here. He was really into yoga, taken care of his body and martial arts as well, which helped his hip flexibility a lot. That was one of the primary reasons. … I haven’t gotten into yoga. I’ve really looked at power lifting a lot and making sure my muscles are as strong as I need to be. I do quite a bit of stretching, but I work out so hard that I really want to lay down and have someone stretch me. I don’t feel like working to stretch.
The franchise has been infused with energy, and even though the team hasn’t won a thing yet there’s an unmistakable swagger that starts at the top and permeates the organization. On opening night, co-owner Wes Edens introduced the Bucks as the “2016 champions” — a joke, perhaps, but one with a serious undertone of “Just watch us.” “In talking with the new ownership, I’m really impressed with their vision and the fact that they’re looking to go all the way to the top,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “That’s their focus. They’re not going to wait for it to happen. They’re going to be proactive about it.”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the all-time NBA scoring leader and Lakers legend, had some choice words for Michael Jordan in a new interview with NPR. During the interview, which is embedded below, Abdul-Jabbar commented on Jordan’s infamous quote that “Republicans buy shoes too” and his refusal to get involved with social and political issues. Abdul-Jabbar insinuated that Jordan values his business interests over civil rights issues. “You can’t be afraid of losing shoe sales if you’re worried about your civil and human rights,” he said. “[Jordan] took commerce over conscience. It’s unfortunate for him, but he’s gotta live with it.”
HBO’s “Kareem: Minority of One” is comprehensive, informative and engaging, but the 88-minute biographical documentary needed more from its title subject. As a retelling of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s basketball career, the film, which debuts at 10 p.m. on Tuesday, is an unqualified success and a definitive account. Although Abdul-Jabbar’s path to NBA greatness had many well-known chapters—early stardom as an NYC schoolboy, total collegiate dominance at UCLA, an NBA title in Milwaukee and then a dynasty in L.A.—the film manages to cover it all without racing through crucial moments or dragging on too long.