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Saturday, October 25, 2014

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Upset He Has No Statue Outside Staples Center

Generally in American society, we practice modesty. That’s just the way it is. Talking about your own accomplishments is usually seen as bragging or “tooting your own horn,” and that is something that is frowned upon in our culture. Why do you think people like LeBron James are so hated? Could it be because he says things like, “I’ve decided to take my talents to South Beach?” Yes, that’s exactly why.

Apparently Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would disagree with the aforementioned assesment of American culture.  Either that, or he’s so pissed off that he doesn’t care if he sounds like a jerk by bragging.  Kareem recently told The Sporting News in an interview that he has no idea why the Lakers have yet to construct a statue of him outside the Staples Center, especially considering that every person in the world of sports seems to be getting one these days.

“I don’t understand (it). It’s either an oversight or they’re taking me for granted,” Abdul-Jabbar explained in the interview. “I’m not going to try to read people’s minds, but it doesn’t make me happy. It’s definitely a slight. I feel slighted.”

Two former Lakers currently have statues outside the arena — Magic Johnson and Jerry West.  Abdul-Jabbar, who helped Los Angeles win five titles and was a six-time MVP, is next in line for a statue according to Lakers spokesman John Black.  Black said there is no timetable for when it will be constructed, but it will definitely be Kareem receiving the honor.  Although he has been made aware of that, it would appear that isn’t good enough for the Laker great.

“I am highly offended by the total lack of acknowledgment of my contribution to Laker success,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “I guess being the lynchpin for five world championships is not considered significant enough in terms of being part of Laker history.”

Many believe that receiving a statue in their honor is one of the most humbling experiences you could ever have.  It sounds like the only emotion Abdul-Jabbar will be feeling when he finally gets his is, “it’s about damn time.”  Or maybe it’s the recent development in Chicago that has him peeved. Put a rush on that.



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