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Lakers, Kareem Discuss Tutor Job

August 11, 2005|Mark Heisler

The Lakers are talking to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar about hiring him to tutor their big men.

A Laker official on Wednesday confirmed the team's interest. Abdul-Jabbar's agent, Harlan Werner, confirmed Abdul-Jabbar's interest.

"There was a meeting," Werner said. "There has been dialogue with Phil [Jackson] and Mitch [Kupchak]. Aside from that, it's premature to say anything at this point. ...

"I think if everything works out, it would be a dream come true for Kareem."

Abdul-Jabbar tutored Laker big men Vlade Divac and Elden Campbell in the early 1990s and worked with the Clippers' Michael Olowokandi at the end of the 1999-2000 season. He also worked recently as a scout for the New York Knicks.

With the Lakers, his primary assignment would be Andrew Bynum, the 17-year-old seven-footer the team drafted out of St. Joseph's High in Metuchen, N.J.

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