August 27, 2012 |
The Lakers are to unveil a statue featuring Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at some point during the 2012-13 season, The Times has learned. A firm date for introducing the statue outside Staples Center hasn't been finalized. Abdul-Jabbar remains the NBA's all-time leading scorer (38,387 points). He won five of his six NBA titles and three of his six league MVPs with the Lakers. His high scoring rate and mastery of his famed skyhook established him, in the opinion of many, as the best center of all time.
August 21, 2012
Don't let the headline fool you. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar isn't making the third "Airplane!"movie. But when the former Lakers center tweeted a picture of himself sitting on a plane with actor Danny DeVito, it only brought nostalgic reminders about Abdul-Jabbar's role in the 1980's comedy. Some may recall Abdul-Jabbar's clever word play as Roger Murdock when he and his co-pilots, Clarence Oveur and Victor Basta, prepared for takeoff. "We have clearance, Clarence," Abdul-Jabbar said as Murdock.
August 14, 2012 |
Dwight Howard's arrival to the Lakers doesn't just bring promise of collecting his first NBA championship. It also gives him an opportunity to join the organization's esteemed fraternity of centers. That includes one of the pioneers of pro basketball (George Mikan), the highest scorer in a single game (Wilt Chamberlain), the NBA's all-time leading scorer (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) and one of the NBA's most physical big men (Shaquille O'Neal). One notable member of this group believes Howard can join the club, assuming he stays with the Lakers beyond next season.
August 14, 2012 |
Their stories are eerily similar, even if there is a gap of 37 years between them. Each was the NBA's dominant center and each demanded to be traded. Both stars ended up with the Lakers and their deals sent shock waves across the league. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was 28 when he was traded by the Milwaukee Bucks to the Lakers in 1975 as part of a six-player deal, while Dwight Howard, 26, arrived Friday as part of a four-team, 12-player trade that also sent Andrew Bynum to the Philadelphia 76ers.
August 10, 2012 |
The NBA holds an annual draft, but it has never meant much to the Lakers. They don't draft stars so much as acquire them. It's been this way for decades, with the Lakers often harvesting top talent from elsewhere instead of growing their own. Dwight Howard, acquired from Orlando on Friday, was only the latest example of the Lakers making a move that shifted the NBA's landscape. Here are a few of the other monumental Lakers trades, or signings, that helped the franchise win 16 NBA championships, one behind the Boston Celtics: Wilt Chamberlain (1968-73 with Lakers)
April 10, 2012 |
Under Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's shy and reclusive personality stands a man gracefully taking center stage. He did that on the hardwood. Abdul-Jabbar won five of his six championships with the Lakers during the Showtime era. He finished as the NBA's all-time leading scorer (38,387 points). And he capped his 20-year career with a distinguishable skill-set with his famed sky hook. Abdul-Jabbar also has done that with acting. He grew up taking acting lessons at St. Jude Catholic School in Manhattan.
April 9, 2012 |
The behavior Andrew Bynum has exhibited in recent weeks puzzles plenty of Laker fans. He launched an ill-advised three-pointer that got him benched two weeks ago, and vowed to keep shooting from beyond the arc. Bynum revealed there are times he doesn't join the team's huddles during timeouts. He earned two ejections within the past three weeks against Houston despite the coaching staff's insistence he stay composed. Despite the Lakers' rule that players can't play loud music in the locker room, Bynum has blasted it through his headphones at his locker before recent games.
March 28, 2012
Still a winner Re " Still hooked ," Opinion, March 24 Kudos to Patt Morrison. There is so much more about us than the tragedy of probable homicide or one more mentally troubled pop star. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a caring, thoughtful superstar with top-of-the-line mental and physical agility and ability; our renaissance man, promoting knowledge of ourselves. A true role model with unmanufactured celebrityhood. F. Daniel Gray Los Angeles I cheered after reading this interview.
March 24, 2012 |
Only his number is retired - 33, in the Lakers' purple and gold that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wore to glory on the basketball court. The rest of him is still working away, most recently on his latest book. At UCLA, in blue and gold, Abdul-Jabbar was a standout, an All American and player of the year - and a history major, which has served him well in his literary career. Some of his books have made it to the bestseller list, and this one, "What Color Is My World? The Lost History of African-American Inventors," is a children's volume with adult appeal.
August 24, 2011 |
There are things on Johnathan Franklin's to-do list that might seem out of reach. One: "I want to win the [Pacific 12] Conference championship," he said. Other goals may be within his grasp. Karim Abdul-Jabbar's school record 1,571 yards rushing for example. Abdul-Jabbar set the record in 1995, and Franklin hopes to eclipse it this season. "I don't want to be average," Franklin said. "I want to be great. That's a record I want to get. " Franklin had 1,127 yards last season, ranking him 10th on UCLA's single-season list, and there is little doubt he will carry the majority of the work load this season.