Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has expanded his reach beyond the basketball court, writing pop-culture essays on his blog at the Huffington Post.
The six-time NBA champion takes on reality television in a thoughtful, critical analysis of the genre.
"Those who refuse to watch, based on some misguided cultural snobbery, aren't just missing great entertainment, they are overlooking the best social insight into the American psyche since Huck Finn and Jim explored the soul of America on a raft of lost innocence," writes Abdul-Jabbar.
The Hall-of-Fame center is a fan of Bravo's "Real Housewives" franchise, calling creator Andy Cohen "the Andy Warhol of the 21st century."
Abdul-Jabbar isn't being sarcastic or ironic. Instead he writes that there's a lot to learn about American culture from the often vain, shallow and petty antics of the various wives (and ex-wives) on the Bravo series.