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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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  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4RDLC53SN3OXJF7KKXGZ7Y5NIA Ed

    It is hard to imagine someone as dominant as Kareem being overlooked, but he has been.  No other player in the history of basketball ever dominated the high school, college and NBA like Kareem. The case can be made that he was the greatest college basketball player ever. He was one of the five or ten best players in the NBA for over twenty years. 

  • Anonymous

    Kareem should not only have a statue with the Lakers but at UCLA and in Milwaukee as well. Get with the program!!!!!!!

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4OWDR2E6RWBVAU4CQBCLNGOAIE richard

    Yea i agree….Wher is his bald headed moron statue…..c’mon fellas…(middle finger). 

  • Rodriguesant619

    I don’t see why he is getting all upset….. It’s not like the Lakers put up statues every month…. As far as Lakers… first it was Magic…. Than Chic and than West…. What’s the problem Kareem?  You wil get your just due…. I honestly don’t understand his issue…. Lakers love Kareem, why the hell do you think why they asked YOU to mentor Andrew?  Me being a lfie long Lakers fan, I’m a bit put off by this display honestly….. Trust me I will always love Kareem but this complaining that he is doing is not called for!…

    Go Lakers!!! 

  • http://larrybrownsports.com Larry Brown

     Everyone’s getting a little too statue jealous here just because every college football program around is putting them up. I don’t see what the urgency is, but he does deserve it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_Q6BJC2T2USOYLG3VSMD4QLRFZY Reggie

    If Earvin hadn’t contracted the HIV virus, Kareem would have been first.

  • http://twitter.com/binder Seth Bindernagel

    I like the opening to this blog post, “Generally in American society, we practice modesty.”

  • george geo

    Bill Russell is getting a statue but he won 11 nba championships as a player for the Boston Celtics and he was player coach in 67,68.and 69 while winning the NBA championship in 1968 and 1969 vs Wilt,West and Baylor .

  • Anonymous

     Construct one and put it in your front yard Kareem. Then you can admire yourself every morning when you go outside to get the morning paper to see if anything is written about you in the news. Better yet, buy yourself a 7 foot mirror that you can carry around 24/7/365 so you can look at yourself all day and night long. 

  • Thepasc

     Were you being sarcastic?
    I dont see it as “modesty”,but “Generally. in American society, we are politically correct.”Cuz lets be honest,in the US of A,theres a HERO on every corner!!!IMO,thats not being modest!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1653848464 Toby McGuire

    What about Mikan? Or doesn’t he count because he was a Laker before they moved west.

    Besides, fans nowadays know very little about the game’s past. Ask a 20-something fan about Oscar Robertson and you’ll see a blank stare, most likely. All the games greats are either playing now or played during the average fan’s lifetime. Nothing counts before they were aware of it.

  • Jim Gramon

    Anyone who would sue a teenage boy to prevent him from using the name Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has an ego that is too big already.  He was one of the most talented players ever, who has become one of the most vain.  He’s a sad shadow of what he was.  Let him share a generic statue with all the other Laker heroes.

  • http://twitter.com/SportsChump ChrisHumpherys

    The whole Kareem statue debate reminds me of an average night out fighting with my girlfriend.  Both sides are stubbornly wrong.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SWGC4BWXS37V262K6HFG5NKBHA Stephen

     None of the people mentioned with no disrespect to them have Kareem’s resume at any level of basketball. H.S., College, NBA. His statue should have been there before the others. Jerry West as great as he was won only one NBA title. Magic would not have gotten his without Kareem. Kareem won a title almost as soon as he entered the NBA. He is the all time leading scorer in the NBA. 6  NBA titles, 6 time MVP, he should have had his already. This isn’t about popularity, this is about achievement. No one has his numbers. They put a statue of Gretsky outside Staples, and his achievements came in Edmonton. This is total disrespect.  

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SWGC4BWXS37V262K6HFG5NKBHA Stephen

     It’s not about modesty it’s about respect.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_SWGC4BWXS37V262K6HFG5NKBHA Stephen

     And who are the other statues outside of Boston Garden ?

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Dwight-Higgs/782216907 Dwight Higgs

    Kareem is correct, their should have been a statue at the same time Magic got his, since Magic would not have his if the man with the absolute most unstoppable shot ever in the NBA history had not been beside him.

  • Anonymous

    Kareem is realy, really enamored with Kareem. Yeah, you were great. We know it. You are scheduled to get your own statue. Patience is a virtue, unlike urepentant vanity. 

  • george geo

    Did you ever see Bobby Orr play or his statue outside of the TD Banknorth Garden?

    http://youtu.be/D1fMcTq8Esk

    http://youtu.be/M8agJ-ZOY64