Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Will Get His Long-Awaited Statue
The Lakers are finally erecting a statue of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar that he's wanted for so long.
On November 16, the Lakers and STAPLES Center will unveil a statue of Abdul-Jabbar at Star Plaza, according to a release from the Lakers. His likeness will join those of Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Wayne Gretzky, Oscar De La Hoya and Francis “Chick” Hearn. Abdul-Jabbar finished his career as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, scoring a record 38,287 points.
A little over a year ago Abdul-Jabbar complained that he felt underappreciated by the Lakers, and one issue he pointed to was that he didn't have his own statue:
"I don't understand (it). It's either an oversight or they're taking me for granted. I'm not going to try to read people's minds, but it doesn't make me happy. It's definitely a slight. I feel slighted."
Abdul-Jabbar tweeted up a storm about not having a statue last year. But his Twitter account has been quiet over the last few days, so we're not sure if this has done anything to assuage his feelings.However, Shaq didn't hesitate to congratulate him:
Like to congratulate Kareem Abdul jabbar for his statue in front of the staple center. You deserve it You will always be the G.o.a.T— SHAQ (@SHAQ) August 28, 2012
The Lakers will be retiring jersey #34 in honor of Shaq in a ceremony on April 2. Jersey #52 will be retired in a half-time ceremony on December 28 in honor of Jamaal Wilkes.Related:
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