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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2022 8:52 am    Post subject: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar turns 75

Has to be in the GOAT conversation. Some say he is the GOAT. The "Sky Hook" is still the most unstoppable shot the game has ever seen. NBA all time scoring leader 38,387

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He's as old as the NBA but why is this Off Topic?
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Happy Birthday to a Legend. My childhood hero.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2022 1:02 pm    Post subject:

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He's as old as the NBA but why is this Off Topic?

I debated between the Lounge and OT. If the mods see fit please change forums.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2022 6:21 pm    Post subject:

jodeke wrote:
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He's as old as the NBA but why is this Off Topic?

I debated between the Lounge and OT. If the mods see fit please change forums.


The man transcends basketball in his greatness. Off Topic was the correct choice jo.
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jodeke wrote:
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He's as old as the NBA but why is this Off Topic?

I debated between the Lounge and OT. If the mods see fit please change forums.


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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2022 8:14 pm    Post subject:

The only guy whose total bball body of work makes him the unquestioned goat.
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PostPosted: Sat Apr 16, 2022 9:36 pm    Post subject:

The most underappreciated legendarily great athlete in the history of sports. Legitimately has a GOAT claim and almost no one puts him in those discussions.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 8:20 am    Post subject:

I've heard Kareem wanted to be a head coach but his anti-social personality was a reason he wasn't chosen to be one.
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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 8:31 am    Post subject:

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I've heard Kareem wanted to be a head coach but his anti-social personality was a reason he wasn't chosen to be one.


Kareem has a strong personality. I could see that being a turn off in some circles if they want a coach to allow a player to run things their way.
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I've heard Kareem wanted to be a head coach but his anti-social personality was a reason he wasn't chosen to be one.


Kareem has a strong personality. I could see that being a turn off in some circles if they want a coach to allow a player to run things their way.


He was an assistant coach with the Clippers in 2000 and the Lakers 2005-2011. I saw that in his wiki. I don't remember this.
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jodeke wrote:
Basketball Fan wrote:
He's as old as the NBA but why is this Off Topic?

I debated between the Lounge and OT. If the mods see fit please change forums.


The man transcends basketball in his greatness. Off Topic was the correct choice jo.



Well that's one way of looking at it but I figured since this is a Lakers forum that a Laker great birthday would be in the Lounge like the others.
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jodeke wrote:
Basketball Fan wrote:
He's as old as the NBA but why is this Off Topic?

I debated between the Lounge and OT. If the mods see fit please change forums.


The man transcends basketball in his greatness. Off Topic was the correct choice jo.



Well that's one way of looking at it but I figured since this is a Lakers forum that a Laker great birthday would be in the Lounge like the others.


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PostPosted: Sun Apr 17, 2022 11:44 am    Post subject:

jodeke wrote:
He was an assistant coach with the Clippers in 2000 and the Lakers 2005-2011. I saw that in his wiki. I don't remember this.


He wasn't on the bench, he was a development coach for big men. He worked with Bynum. For the Clippers I think it was "Kandi.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2022 5:10 pm    Post subject:

In the modern game he would not have played 4 years at UCLA. If he had come straight to the association like LeBron, his scoring record would not be touched.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2022 5:40 pm    Post subject:

Completely dominant for decades, winning big at every level.

Not to mention a very intelligent, thoughtful, well spoken man off the court.

Props to The Captain, the Sky Hook is iconic.
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PostPosted: Tue Apr 19, 2022 5:47 pm    Post subject:

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Completely dominant for decades, winning big at every level.

Not to mention a very intelligent, thoughtful, well spoken man off the court.

Props to The Captain, the Sky Hook is iconic.


I think he would have played 4 years just like Bill Walton. John Wooden may have been the reason. Plus Kareem's personality leads me to think he put a premium on education.
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LakerLanny wrote:
Completely dominant for decades, winning big at every level.

Not to mention a very intelligent, thoughtful, well spoken man off the court.

Props to The Captain, the Sky Hook is iconic.


He's always been my GOAT. But I've also heard about his aloofness and arrogance, and Jeff Pearlman's "Showtime" has more than a few examples:
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In public, however, Abdul-Jabbar was the darkest of dark clouds, moody and aloof and, in the opinion of many, unjustifiably arrogant and dismissive.


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“Some little kid would ask for an autograph and he’d say, ‘Go (bleep) yourself,’ said Linda Rambis, who worked as the vice president and general manager of Forum tennis during the early 1980’s.
“But Kareem was, otherwise, an incredible professional.”

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