Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Feels ‘Slighted’ Due to Lack of Staples Statue

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Feels ‘Slighted’ Due to Lack of Staples Statue


One of the biggest, figuratively and literally, stars in Los Angeles Lakers’ history is unhappy with the organization for what he feels is a lack of recognition. After the team erected a statue in honor of Jerry West outside of the Staples Center last February, Abdul-Jabbar feels he deserves one as well.

“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.”

This comes on the heels of the announcement that longtime Boston Celtic center Bill Russell will receive a statue outside of the TD Garden in Boston.

Abdul-Jabbar was one of the most successful Lakers during his time in Los Angeles, and was a catalyst along with Magic Johnson back in the showtime days of the 1980s. He won five championships with the Lakers, and one with the Milwaukee Bucks before being traded to Los Angeles.

Lakers’ spokesman John Black acknowledged the lack of an Abdul-Jabbar statue, and hinted that Kareem may be next in line to receive one outside the Staples Center.


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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1366157023 Keith Aardal

    MVP MVP MVP!!!!…your statue forever stands tall in the heart of Laker Nation

  • truth

    I agree………. 

  • Acreolegirl

    That was my Thought, Question when Magic’s statue was erected.
    I DO NOT Blame him one bit for being angry. His and Magic should have been the 1st ones there. 

  • Barbadillo_markjoseph

     He deserves to have one!

  • Rlcorrea

    no doubt inspite of all those other great players in his generation the “capt” was head and shoulders above them all. Due to the fact that he made scoring look so easy (sky hook unstoppable) he is dismissed as the greatest player ever. Look at his rings, # of MVP’s, all-star appearances, and blocks. Major force of the game.

    • SUPA

       I would 100% agree!! Absolutely!! He should be before Jerry West statue. The sky hook statue should be build right now.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Laly-Gill/100002114963022 Laly Gill

     maybe they should put three kareem,magic johnson and jerry west 

  • http://twitter.com/Diandra_M Diandra M.

    I agree.  He definitely deserves one.  He contributed a lot to the Lakers.

  • Marcusg420

    Kareem Abbdul-Jabar,…… Needs a statute…a Big Part of wHy the LAKERS ALWAYS ON TOP..GIVE HIM WHAT HE DESERVES…

  • Zatnal

     Yes by all Means he Deserve a statue, he bought the Lakers back after the Jerry West Era and was Super Great with his Sky hook.  He should have gotten a statue before Magic and I really Love Magic.  But to be honest Kareem past the the torch to Magic to carry the Laker legend forward.  People tend to forget that behind every great team there have to be a great Center that get the rebounds and can score.  Give the man his statue and his apology for being looked over!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  • Govrom12

    What a whiner. A real man doesn’t waste time griping about minuscule things like this. Now of course the Lakers are going to have to make a statue for him. The unveiling ceremony will be a hoot with everybody faking smiles and acting happy for Kareem, and then having to look at a seven foot statue of Oscar the Grouch.