Abdul-Jabbar kept to himself, refused to do interviews, and just basically rubbed people the wrong way. And because of that, Abdul-Jabbar has only been able to secure special assistant and scout jobs with a couple of teams. But that hasn’t stopped Abdul-Jabbar from continuing to lobby for a head coaching job.
His latest attempt for lobbying for a head job came when Dave Begel of OnMilwaukee.com flat asked Abdul-Jabbar would be willing to be the head coach of the Milwaukee Bucks. Not only did Abdul-Jabbar say yes, he made his case to Begel why he should get the job that is not even open at the moment.
I asked him flat out if he would be willing to be the head coach of the Bucks.
“Of course,” he replied.
“I know how to prepare for a season as an individual and I know what that means in terms of team commitment,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “I can get all the right people together that have some chemistry and care about each other and they love the game. That’s where teams are made or not made successful.
“That’s very hard for GM’s to figure out. They know talent when they see it. But that ability to connect with your teammates, that personal chemistry is a hard thing to see in people. I can help players learn how to develop that chemistry. We had Pete Newell out here (in Los Angeles) and he was a master at understanding the personal fire within each player. I’d be a coach who can provide respect and keep the guys on the same page for a whole season.”
Who knows, maybe Abdul-Jabbar could be a successful head coach. But the man has been lobbying for a chance for years and that hasn’t changed a thing. Can’t see this latest attempt changing anything either.