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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s son Adam arrested for allegedly stabbing neighbor

The son of NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was arrested on Wednesday after police say he stabbed his neighbor in Orange County, Calif.

Adam Abdul-Jabbar, 28, was booked on one count of assault with a deadly weapon, according to police records obtained by TMZ. Abdul-Jabbar was “arrested without incident,” and the victim transported himself to the hospital with multiple injuries that were not considered life-threatening.

Abdul-Jabbar has since been released from custody. Police are still investigating the incident, and no further details have been released.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s family appeared on “Celebrity Family Feud” back in 2017, and Adam was part of the team. You can see a clip from the appearance below:

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks about how training with Bruce Lee helped him

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar enjoyed a famously lengthy NBA career, and he had Bruce Lee to thank in part for that.

In an appearance this weekend on ESPN’s “SportsCenter,” the legendary big man discussed how he trained with Lee, who is the subject of the network’s new “30 for 30” documentary entitled “Be Water.” Abdul-Jabbar credited Lee with helping him stay healthy during his career.

“Bruce always emphasized the effectiveness of stretching,” said the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. “So before we worked out, we stretched all the time … I took that to another level by studying yoga and being able to advance as a yoga student. And that really was the best preventative maintenance that I could have been doing in the offseason.

“So I’d do strength training, flexibility training, cardiovascular training, those three,” the now 73-year-old Abdul-Jabbar went on. “And I only took off two weeks out of the whole year. The rest of the time I made sure I worked out at least three or four times a week.”

Abdul-Jabbar enjoyed a close relationship with the martial arts icon Lee and appeared in a memorable fight scene with him in 1978’s “Game of Death.” The movie was Lee’s final film and was released after his death in 1973.

For his part, Abdul-Jabbar went on to play 20 high-level years in the NBA and was not the only basketball legend to draw inspiration from Lee’s example.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar donating hundreds of pairs of goggles to healthcare workers

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is making a fitting donation to those on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.

The retired basketball legend, who was famous for wearing goggles during his NBA career, hand-delivered 900 pairs of safety goggles to healthcare workers at Scripps Health in San Diego, Calif. this week. Abdul-Jabbar and longtime manager Deborah Morales will also take part in similar donations at other hospitals in the Southern California area, per Eric S. Page of NBC San Diego.

The 72-year-old Abdul-Jabbar sported the look for much of his 20-year playing career, especially during his time with the Los Angeles Lakers. It became as big a part of his brand as his iconic skyhook.

Even Abdul-Jabbar’s statue and bobbleheads reflect as much, making his donation not only a poetic one but a very much needed one as well.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shares how he landed famous role in ‘Airplane!’

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s appearance as pilot Roger Murdock in the 1980 film “Airplane!” is one of the most famous athlete cameos in cinema history, and Abdul-Jabbar shared the story about how it came to be.

During a Twitter Q&A session on Monday, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer received a question about how he ended up in the film. Abdul-Jabbar replied that the producers of the movie turned to him after they could not get baseball great Pete Rose, also adding that he had the time because he was on summer break from the NBA. The Hall of Fame great noted too how the directors of “Airplane!” hailed from Wisconsin, where he played for many years with the Milwaukee Bucks.

While Rose was probably just as big as Abdul-Jabbar was at the time, hearing him griping to little Joey about dragging Johnny Bench and Joe Morgan up and down the field for nine innings just wouldn’t have been the same. After all, the cameo as is was absolutely glorious.

The film’s directors had their own funny story about Kareem’s participation, so it’s good to hear his version of things as well.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar thinks Anthony Davis’ team mishandled trade request

After finding himself in a similar situation some four decades ago, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has some thoughts on Anthony Davis’ request for a trade.

In a piece by Vincent Goodwill of Yahoo! Sports that ran Sunday, the 71-year-old basketball great said he empathized with Davis’ decision to seek a move. Abdul-Jabbar did also however that he thought the New Orleans Pelicans star’s management team mishandled the request by going public with it.

“He’s in a small market and the team’s not doing very well, he’d like to go out and win something,” said the retired Basketball Hall of Famer. “He’s made a lot of money to this point and his needs are different and the clock is ticking, so I understand what he’s all about.

“I think his management people mishandled it,” Abdul-Jabbar continued. “When I was leaving Milwaukee, I let them know before the season started and I kept my mouth shut. Just to give them an opportunity to make the best deal they could behind closed doors.”

As he alluded to, the mid-1970s saw Abdul-Jabbar famously sought a trade from the small-market Milwaukee Bucks, where he had spent the first five seasons of his NBA career. The seven-footer was eventually dealt to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1975 and went on to win five of his six title with them.

As for Davis and his team, they have faced criticism from other retired greats for their handling of the matter, and now the saga is guaranteed to last many months more with the trade deadline past and The Brow still in New Orleans.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: NBA has surpassed NFL as league of future

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has seen the future, and he thinks that it belongs to the National Basketball Association.

The retired big man great recently wrote a piece for The Guardian entitled “The NBA, and not the NFL, is the league of America’s future.” In it, Abdul-Jabbar says that, while football is still by far the nation’s most popular sport, the bubble may be about to burst in favor of basketball.

Per Abdul-Jabbar:

America has changed and with that change we are seeing a shifting away from hoisting football on our collective shoulders. Although football remains our most popular professional sport, that popularity has been declining over the past five years, from 67% saying they were fans in 2012, to 57% in 2017. Professional baseball has also fallen 2% during that time. However, professional basketball has risen 3%. Before anyone starts blaming Colin Kaepernick, let’s remember that he first took a knee in 2016 and that the fan base erosion had already been strong several years before that.

The Hall of Famer cites an awakening to the dangers of football, a decrease in its popularity among American youth, and the idea that the sport no longer seems to represent the spirit of the country as reasons why football may soon be knocked off its perch. Conversely, Abdul-Jabbar argues that the NBA’s better tolerance of its players’ freedom of speech and its ability to connect with the younger generation will help it seize the torch of America’s sport.

Of course, Abdul-Jabbar may have a predisposition towards the NBA as a former player. But he raises several good points in his piece, and he definitely isn’t the only prominent basketball figure who feels that way about the respective futures of the two sports.

Lakers C wants to work with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to develop hook shot

The Los Angeles Lakers’ center of the future is hoping to learn from arguably the greatest center in franchise history.

In an interview with the O.C. Register’s Mark Medina on Monday, Ivica Zubac said he wants to train with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar over the summer to develop his hook shot, which he is said to be working on “every day” this offseason.

“I hope after summer league I get the chance to work out with Kareem,” said Zubac. “It’s different with someone who did it his whole career that can show you how to do it. I’m definitely looking forward to it. I’m going to use it a lot.”

The 20-year-old Zubac, who stands 7-foot-1, averaged 7.5 points and 4.2 rebounds in 16.0 minutes per game as a rookie last season. While he is still very raw on both ends of the floor and will almost certainly begin next season coming off the bench for the Lakers behind the newly-acquired Brook Lopez, Zubac is a mobile big with good hands and a solid touch around the rim.

Abdul-Jabbar, himself standing 7-foot-2 in his playing days, became the NBA’s all-time leading scorer using that unblockable skyhook as his primary offensive weapon. But the shot has all but vanished from the modern NBA, and Abdul-Jabbar, though he has trained other big men in the recent past, hasn’t always had the best experiences with his pupils. Still, Zubac has been a Lakers fanatic his entire life, so it’s easy to see why he wants the opportunity.

Image via Ivica Zubac on Instagram

Dwight Howard says he was told by Lakers to stay away from Kareem

Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard isn’t too happy about being bad-mouthed by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and has defended himself.

On Thursday, Lakers Nation’s Ryan Ward posted a quote on Instagram that came from an interview he did with Kareem. The quote showed Abdul-Jabbar being critical of Howard’s work ethic.

Here’s the full quote.

“Well, Dwight Howard didn’t want to do any work,” Kareem told Lakers Nation. “Andrew Bynum did not want to do a lot of work, but Andrew was kind of getting the hang of it. I don’t think Andrew was that interested in playing basketball.

“Dwight Howard, I’m not going to say anything about him because I really don’t understand what his thing was.”

Howard apparently has an explanation for why he didn’t work with Kareem. He responded to Ward on Instagram and implied that the Lakers didn’t want him working with the Hall of Famer.

Here’s text of the response, via Sports Grid:

DWIGHTHOWARD@RYANWARDLA I KNOW IT’S HIS WORDS. BUT YOU COULD HAVE CHECKED BOTH SOURCES BEFORE REPORTING IT. I UNDERSTAND YOUR DOING YOUR JOB. DUDE DON’T HAVE TO LIE THO. AS SOON AS I WAS TRADED TO LAKERS. FIRST PERSON I SAT WITH WAS DUDE. WANTING TO WORK OUT. GO LOOK BACK AT MY POST. I POSTED A PIC WITH HIM AND MYSELF AT A HOTEL. BUT IF A TEAM SAYS STAY AWAY. I DID WHAT U WAS ASKED.

And a screenshot of the comment:

Dwight Instagram

Howard’s explanation seems to make some sense. Here’s the Twitter photo he referenced of the two together in 2012:

Maybe Howard was giving Abdul-Jabbar wishy-washy answers as to why he couldn’t workout with the all-time great center, which could have led Kareem to say he wasn’t sure what Dwight’s deal was. Either way, Kareem isn’t the first person to have some issues with Dwight, as Howard recently struggled to get along with James Harden in Houston.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: LaVar Ball isn’t doing his sons any good

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is staying far away from the Big Baller Brand Kool-Aid.

The hoops legend appeared on ESPN’s “His & Hers” podcast with Michael Smith and Jemele Hill on Wednesday and was asked for his thoughts on basketball’s great carnival barker, LaVar Ball.

“I don’t think LaVar Ball is doing his sons any good,” said Abdul-Jabbar. “He seems to be just somebody that’s out there trying to bring all the attention to himself, and I don’t know what the purpose is for that.

“His sons are good athletes,” continued the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. “Let them do their thing. I think he should step into the background.”

It’s easy to see why Abdul-Jabbar has a strong opinion on the matter — he’s an icon of both UCLA, where all three of Ball’s sons attend or will attend, and of the Los Angeles Lakers, where eldest son Lonzo could very easily end up.

In any case, Abdul-Jabbar is right that the Ball family patriarch has been bringing all of the attention to himself (especially lately) and that he will likely continue to rub people the wrong way as his sons go pro.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar regrets calling Dirk Nowitzki a ‘one-trick pony’

Basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar now sees the error of his ways in attempting to diminish from the legend that is The Big German.

Over a year after referring to Dallas Mavericks legend Dirk Nowitzki as a “one-trick pony” in an interview at George Mason University, Abdul-Jabbar was on ESPN’s “The Jump” on Wednesday and finally walked back the remarks.

“I want to make a shoutout to Dirk,” said the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, per Dwain Price of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram. “Some of the statements I made about him were misconstrued to make it seem like I was trying to knock him and knock his career … Nothing could be farther from the truth.

“He helped the game evolve by stretching the court with his accurate three-point shooting,” Abdul-Jabbar continued about Nowitzki. “Anybody that can lead the league multiple times as the leading scorer is awesome … And anything that I said that made anybody think differently, they got it wrong. And I wanted him to hear that from me.”

It was an unfair assessment to make from the start about Nowitzki, one of the most complete and versatile offensive talents of his era, almost analogous to calling Abdul-Jabbar himself a one-trick pony with his famed skyhook. The 70-year-old Hall of Famer has been extremely critical in recent years of the modern generation of big men, but perhaps he has begun to see the light.