There certainly isn’t a shortage of statues of athletes greeting fans as they walk up to their favorite team’s arena or field. Heck, the Staples Center in Los Angeles has five of them. Any fan that attends at game there will see a statue of Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Chick Hearn, Wayne Gretzky and even Oscar De La Hoya. Yet, they won’t see a statue of the leading scorer in NBA history, Kareem Abdul-Jabber.
And why is that? Well, I don’t have that answer. I mean, I don’t even know who has that answer. But whoever has such an answer, please get with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Because he wants needs to know.
“I don’t understand (it). It’s either an oversight or they’re taking me for granted. 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.”
In a subsequent statement passed along by his business manager, Abdul-Jabbar said: “I am highly offended by the total lack of acknowledgement of my contribution to Laker success. I guess being the lynchpin for five world championships is not considered significant enough in terms of being part of Laker history.”
Someone better get to work on that statue. Pronto.