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May 19, 1990
The demise of the Lakers can be easily explained by a simple mathematical equation: Thompson plus Divac does not equal Abdul-Jabbar. LYLE J. RICKERT Visalia
January 4, 2014
No stars, just talent Toronto Raptors Coach Dwane Casey , on his team's efforts to continually improve: "Until we get four or five Michael Jordans in here, we've got to stick with our plan with a young team and see which way it takes us. " Analyze this Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar , on a Facebook post regarding troubled protege Andrew Bynum , who has been excused from all team activities after a suspension from...
December 3, 2005
One of the mantras of the BCS apologists is, "We must save the bowl system." Well if UCLA should upset USC, the Bruins will end up 10-1, having beaten the country's No. 1 team and ending the Trojans' 33-game winning streak, and their reward will be ... the Sun Bowl. This is a system that cries for destruction. RICHARD TURNER Fontana I thought J.A. Adande's "33" article [Nov. 29] was interesting. If you have ever heard the urban legend behind the Rolling Rock "33" [supposedly representing 1933, the year Prohibition was repealed]
December 30, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
With news that Andrew Bynum has been suspended and excused from all team activities by the Cleveland Cavaliers, Bynum's former mentor Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sounded off on the ex-Lakers center. Abdul-Jabbar gave his thoughts Sunday via his Facebook account: I believe Andrew has always had the potential to help a team when he puts his heart into it. He just doesn't seem to be consistent with his commitment to the game. That can lead to [a lot] of frustration for any team that has signed him. When I worked with Andrew I found him to be bright & hardworking but I think he got bored with the repetitive nature of working on basketball fundamentals day in and day out...
December 27, 1986 | GORDON EDES, Times Staff Writer
The Houston Rockets have had worse duds than their 134-111 blowout loss to the Lakers Friday night, their second loss in five nights to Los Angeles. This is a team, after all, that earlier this season had the worst home-court loss in National Basketball Assn. history, a 56-point bath against the Seattle SuperSonics. And Rocket forward Ralph Sampson, who scored four points and took just four shots Friday night, has had worse games. Last year in Portland, he scored two points.
February 14, 2002
Enough of the Kobe Bryant-Michael Jordan comparisons, Shaquille O'Neal said in the aftermath of the Lakers' 103-94 victory over the Washington Wizards on Tuesday. "They are two different cars going down the 405 [freeway]," O'Neal said. "One is a 2002 [Mercedes] Benz, the other a 1991 Benz. They are both excellent cars and they both get great mileage, but they are different years. "Now I'd like to see a 26-year-old Kobe go against a 26-year-old Michael, but you can't go back in time.
December 27, 1998 | From Staff and Wire Reports
Silver Charm, who just missed winning the 1997 Triple Crown and finished second last month in the Breeders' Cup Classic, will open his 1999 schedule Jan. 30 in the $500,000 Donn Handicap at Gulfstream Park in Hallandale, Fla. Robert Umphrey, Gulfstream's director of racing, said he received a commitment Christmas week from trainer Bob Baffert to run Silver Charm in the nationally televised race. "Naturally, we're thrilled to have him," Umphrey said.
February 5, 1999
I had a "feel good" lump in my throat all day after reading about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's role in the Apache reservation high school basketball program, indeed, in his immersion into the Apache tribal culture (Feb. 2). What a joy it must be for this man to find this peace. I have always admired his quiet manner and his absence of need for adoration. I am happy for him, for the contribution he is making and what he is receiving. DENNIS DAVIS Anaheim
February 25, 1985 | THOMAS BONK, Times Staff Writer
On his way out of Madison Square Garden Sunday afternoon, Knicks Coach Hubie Brown stopped briefly in the hallway outside the Laker locker room and extended some premature good wishes to Coach Pat Riley. "Good luck in the finals," Brown told Riley as they shook hands. Riley watched Brown walk off, then nodded his head. "I think we might be there," Riley said. "I really do."
April 2, 2006 | Mike Hiserman and Robyn Norwood
Given some time off from his employer -- the Lakers -- to see his alma mater play in the Final Four, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar liked what he saw Saturday at the RCA Dome. "They look real good," he said of UCLA at halftime of the Bruins' 59-45 victory over Louisiana State. "Coach [Ben] Howland has done a tremendous job getting them to play how he wants them to play, within his system.
August 11, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
The Lakers have a long history with some of the greatest centers the NBA has ever known. Long before Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joined the franchise, where he would win five titles, he played for the Milwaukee Bucks. Abdul-Jabbar had some memorable battles against legendary Laker Wilt Chamberlain, who won one title in Los Angeles and one as a member of the Philadelphia 76ers. Abdul-Jabbar won a title in 1971 with the Milwaukee Bucks. The Lakers also won three championships with Shaquille O'Neal and two with forward/center Pau Gasol.
July 12, 2013 | Bill Dwyre
Players come and go in the NBA. They have their glory, get old and live later lives out of the limelight. Unless your name is Michael Jordan or a few others, you depart Earth in the company of family, a few friends and a neighbor or two. Then there is Flynn Robinson. Saturday, at noon at a church in Los Angeles, many tall men with faces and names familiar and revered in basketball will gather to say goodbye at a special memorial service. According to the record books, Robinson wasn't a superstar.
April 23, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
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.
April 12, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Over the weekend, Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar led a processional on a one-mile walk outside of the Georgia Dome in Atlanta. Abdul-Jabbar's Final Four Dome Dribble Fueled by Powerade was part of his campaign to encourage fun, healthy and active lifestyles. The 65-year-old six-time NBA champion is also participating as a contestant on "Splash," a diving competition show on ABC. Abdul-Jabbar recently told Jimmy Kimmel on "Jimmy Kimmel Live!" that he's aspiring to "show everybody that at my age you can live a healthy lifestyle and learn new things.
April 2, 2013 | By Ben Bolch, Los Angeles Times
If Shaquille O'Neal needed a nickname on his first day as a Laker, it could have been the Big Worrywart. As dominant as he was, the best big man in the NBA recognized he represented just a fraction of the Lakers centers who had come before him. George Mikan won six titles while becoming Mr. Basketball. Wilt Chamberlain won two titles (one as a Laker) and scored 100 points in a game. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won six titles (five as a Laker) and was the league's all-time leading scorer.
March 29, 2013 | By Eric Pincus
Former Lakers center and champion Kareem Abdul-Jabbar opened up in his blog at , sharing a number of personal regrets. In an entry entitled, "10 Things I Wish I'd Known Before Turning Pro," Abdul-Jabbar compares dating as a youth to "Darth Vader approaching a bunny. " The logistics of dating were naturally complicated for Abdul-Jabbar at 7-foot-2. "I wish I'd been able to ignore the physical differences as I can now and just sit down, preferably on a shorter chair than them, and just talk to them about movies and books and history -- anything but basketball," he blogged.
September 14, 1989 | BRUCE HOROVITZ, Times Staff Writer
Michael Jackson is the $20-million corporate spokesman who won't speak. "Protect me. . . . Don't let them ask me any questions," Jackson whispered Wednesday morning to a top executive from L.A. Gear, moments after the enigmatic pop star told a Hollywood Palladium full of reporters that he was "very happy" to be a part of the L.A. Gear team. By next spring, Jackson will be starring in L.A. Gear commercials. In the meantime he will help design and market a new line of L.A. Gear shoes.
July 19, 2000 | SUE FOX
Hall of Fame basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was arrested in Northridge Tuesday on suspicion of driving under the influence of marijuana, police said. Abdul-Jabbar, 53, was stopped near the intersection of Roscoe Boulevard and White Oak Avenue about 7 p.m., said Officer Ed Funes, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department. Abdul-Jabbar, who was driving a Ford Expedition, was booked at the Van Nuys Jail and released on his own recognizance, Funes said.
March 27, 2013 | By Bill Dwyre
UCLA has said it is looking for a basketball coach to enhance its winning culture. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says he's the man. Abdul-Jabbar, certainly in the conversation about the greatest basketball players of all time, said Wednesday that he wants to be considered for the Bruins job, replacing recently fired Ben Howland. The winning part of his resume is beyond question. As a 7-foot-2 center for the John Wooden Bruins in 1967-69, Abdul-Jabbar was the star on a team that was 88-2 and won three NCAA titles.
March 27, 2013 | By Chris Foster
  This is anything but a slam-dunk. Heck, it's not even a sky hook. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants to be the next UCLA basketball coach. The former Bruins star, appearing on "Jimmy Kimmel Live" on Tuesday night, said, “I would certainly be interested in being the coach of the team. It would be great to have the opportunity to restore the program to what it was. Not necessarily in terms of winning, but having the guys get their degrees and learn about the game of basketball.” Abdul-Jabbar has a better chance of riding the winner in the Kentucky Derby.
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