Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Rumors
For the second time in his illustrious career, Cleveland Cavaliers superstar LeBron James has been named the Sports Illustrated Sportsperson of the Year. The announcement comes a day after SI named NBA legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell as two of the three recipients for its Muhammad Ali Legacy Award. James, who dug the Cavaliers out of a 3-1 hole in the NBA Finals to bring Cleveland its first major sports championship since 1964, is only the second person to win the award (which began in 1954) twice, joining Tiger Woods (1996, 2000). James also won in 2012 after winning his first NBA championship wit the Miami Heat.
NBA legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bill Russell have been chosen as two of the three recipients for the 2016 Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award, SI announced Wednesday. Abdul-Jabbar and Russell — revered in the sports world for both their on-court dominance and for being outspoken advocates for social justice — will be honored alongside Cleveland Browns’ Hall of Fame running back Jim Brown during SI’s Sportsperson of the Year event on Dec. 12 at the Barclays Center.
Last Wednesday, the White House announced the 21 names that would receive the President Medal of Freedom from President Obama, including sports legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan. On Tuesday, all 21 recipients gathered at the White House for the actual ceremony and took lots of pictures, as made obvious by NBA’s twitter account!
President Barack Obama named 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom on Wednesday, a list that includes NBA legends Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Michael Jordan. Considered the nation’s highest civilian honor a president can award, the medals will be presented at the White House on Nov. 22. Boston Celtics legend and 11-time champion Bill Russell is the only other NBA player who has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2011).
How much better? Antetokounmpo admitted that he has his eye on the NBA’s Most Valuable Player award one of these seasons. So far, only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was named MVP while playing for the Bucks – he won three of his six MVPs while with Milwaukee. “I feel like I can get there one day,” he said. “I’ve just got to keep working hard, try to get my team better. That’s a goal of mine. One day.”
Abdul-Jabbar on how centers should play today: “When you can post up and shoot 3-pointers, you have that versatility that enables you to win games. I remember playing with teammates like James Worthy who had that type of versatility, could shoot and jump shoot and post up. I think that a little something is being lost there as we go away from a lot of post-up moves. But post-up players take high-percentage shots, high-percentage shots win games. You saw what happened to Golden State when they stopped making the 3-pointers. They lost three games in a row and lost the world championship. So the 3-pointer isn’t the answer to everything.”