Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Rumors
Alex Kennedy: Kareem: “I got a chance to know Wilt Chamberlain and, I’m not trying to knock him, but he kind of lived above it all. Once he made it, he didn’t feel obliged to try to make it easier for those who hadn’t made it. LeBron’s attitude is a lot different and I really appreciate that.” pic.twitter.com/VOTzCcK3Aw
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: very time I’m introduced in a public setting, my list of NBA records is announced. There aren’t as many now as there were when I retired, so at least my introduction takes less time. But whenever someone closes in on one of my remaining records, especially the Moby-Dick as the all-time leading scorer, I’m asked by dozens of media people whether I think they can do it and how I’ll feel if they do. It’s as if people think I’m sitting home watching the games chanting: Miss! Miss! Miss! Actually, when I see these talented veteran players’ remarkable athleticism while shooting, blocking and rebounding, I’m cheering them on with “Go, man, go!” which also is the title of a 1954 movie about the Harlem Globetrotters that first inspired my interest in basketball. I want them to break my records because doing so is one more benchmark of human progress.
Alex Kennedy: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (@Kareem Abdul-Jabbar): “Imagine if Oscar [Robertson] could play now. It’d be ridiculous. Oscar had 3-point range. I practiced with him every day. He had 3-point range! But he never got to [play with a 3-point line]… He was insanely talented, and smooth. He did it all.” pic.twitter.com/dLOxCzz0ht
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: “I just wanted to congratulate you on your most recent accomplishment, passing Michael Jordan. I know he was your hero and how much it means to you to pass someone you’ve admired your whole life. Same thing happened to me, back in 1984. I was able to pass Wilt’s record, someone that I had admired when I was a kid. …. Everybody’s asking me how I’m going to react if you pass my record, and the only thing I have to say is if and when that happens, I’ll be glad that it’s somebody that has shown as much class and caring as you have.”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s collection of memorabilia from his Hall of Fame career fetched nearly $3 million at auction on Sunday. Abdul-Jabbar put 234 lots of memorabilia — including four of his six NBA championship rings — for sale through Goldin Auctions, with “much of the proceeds” going to his Skyhook Foundation charity that helps kids learn about science, technology, engineering and math. The items sold for $2,947,872.25.