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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar fires up blog again, writes about 'Girls'

February 05, 2013|By Eric Pincus
  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar putting up a shot against Boston's Robert Parrish in 1987.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar putting up a shot against Boston's Robert Parrish… (Associated Press )

Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has become active again at the Huffington Post, restarting his blog after a three-year layoff.

Abdul-Jabbar's 2013 debut was a critique of the HBO series "Girls."

The show's creator, Lena Dunham, told E! Online that she only skimmed Abdul-Jabbar's post, hesitant to read a "mixed review."

"I blurted out to my dad, 'Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reviewed "Girls," ' " said Dunham, noting that her father's response was, 'I don't even know how to process that. I don't even know what that means.' "

Why did Abdul-Jabbar feel compelled to write about the controversial show about a number of young, self-centered women living in New York?

"We should all be intently listening to voices of the next generation, hearing what they have to say and, when they are struggling to say it, help them to articulate better, " Abdul-Jabbar wrote in a follow-up entry.  "That's the advantage of growing older in this youth-centric society -- maybe the only advantage."

After basketball, Abdul-Jabbar has studied history, written books and served as a United States cultural ambassador.

Does he have grounds to write about pop culture?

"Man, I am a living part of pop culture and have been for nearly 50 years," Abdul-Jabbar wrote.

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Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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