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Caught in the Web: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar appears on the Colbert Report and coaching search updates

Photo: Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says his relationship with the team could be coming to an end. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / June 5, 2009. --The Times' T.J. Simers argues Kareem Abdul-Jabbar deserves a statue, but believes it is petty for him to be lamenting that he doesn't have one.

--The Times' Mark Heisler reports that Rick Adelman and Mike Dunleavy are the leading candidates to coach the Lakers. Heisler also offers this humorous nugget: "And in a blockbuster, The Times just learned there's a new candidate: Pat Riley. (Not really. I made it up to see if any ESPN guys will claim it as a scoop in two days.)"

--The Times' Shan Li reports there will be limited edition video trading cards coming out in mid-June that will feature 20 minutes of career highlight footage including Kobe Bryant.

--Abdul Jabbar appears on the Colbert Report.

--Sports Illustrated's Sam Amick also mentions that Adelman and Dunleavy are receiving "serious consideration. 

--The Orange County Register's Earl Bloom talks about what he misses about the Lakers. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Andy Kamenetzky provides a report card for Pau Gasol.

--The San Jose Mercury News Tim Kawakami reports that Jerry West will join the Golden State Warriors' front office in a non-decision making, advisory role. 

--Fox Sports' Michael Martinez mentions how Abdul-Jabbar's missing statue has been a metaphor for his feeling disconnected from the organization. 

--ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne believes that Abdul-Jabbar has always been misunderstood, but also argues his decision to speak out on not receiving a statue and feeling disrespected by the Lakers isn't the right approach. Shelburne also looks at the approach Kobe Bryant's taking with managing his body

--The Daily News Elliott Teaford talks to Lakers spokesman John Black, who said there is no timetable for when the Lakers will next unveil a statue, but that it will definitely feature Abdul-Jabbar. 

--Lakers.com's Mike Trudell mentions that the Lakers were surprised about Abdul-Jabbar's comments. 

--The New York Post's Peter Vecsey argues Abdul-Jabbar deserves a statue, but believes "the ones who count obviously remember Kareem being fundamentally unapproachable, impolite and exhibiting a superiority complex."

--Silver Screen and Roll's Actuarially Sound offers a well-reasoned rebuttal to my take about why the Lakers should keep the triangle offense. The article outlines in great detail why the Lakers should abandon it.

--Forum Blue and Gold's Eric Freeman believes Abdul-Jabbar overreacted. 

Tweet of the Day: "This not just about a statue its about being appreciated by the people that I worked so hard for. The statue was just the last straw. " -- kaj33 (Former Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "If Lakers are in WCF, do you think we have these stories about KAJ? Nope. It attracted attention because it's coming from Soap Opera origin whether about Gasol, Kobe now Kareem. There is always something interesting to talk about the South land personalities or else the Conference Finals will be boring and it comes from an absentee, under performing team and under employed Superstar. If you were Kareem, your student Drew get 13M, sloppy Gasol gets 17M, On & Off Odom get 9M with reality TV, perfumes on the side and Kobe 24M while KAJ may be getting 60K per year, or less. well, it's time to whine and squeak in order his systems gets oiled.

How many of Kareem contemporaries getting this mega millions per year during their time? Therefore, if he barks loud today, he will paid by the media, a prologue for his book and somehow, JB might agree to settle to keep his mouth shut. If he remains quiet, then it's back 60K and low rate attention from everybody. Getting hate & praise from fans means the message is going through in full speed. If this is not profitable, how many threads have been issued out from this topic." -- Edwin Gueco

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Photo: Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says his relationship with the team could be coming to an end. Credit: Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times / June 5, 2009.

 
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Lew

Some athletes are beloved. Mantle, Magic, Palmer, and, umm, nobody in the modern era comes to mind. Mostly because I haven't spent any time thinking about it and because, since ESPN, the arrogant outbursts of privileged, pampered super stat types have turned nice kids into wailing, whining narcissists.

I've met Kareem. I don't know him. I know he doesn't do the relatively quick, "nice to meet you" very easily even in the midst of effusive praise. We know he was the most dominating scorer ever. We know he changed the game. We know he's smart. Hell, he's got all kinds of smarts, but self awareness doesn't seem to be included in that package.

Ya gotta be loved too to win the retired end game. Ask Barry Bonds. You can't practice it, you can't buy it... well maybe you can buy it but it's not the same. He grew up in the civil rights era, had an accountant sub divide him and watched Earvin suck the love out of the Forum. Maybe that molded his resentment but Bill Russel had his problems, and if he's angry he does it with a smile. Easier to love.

Getting back to how smart he is. I hope he realizes this is a game he can't win. The best revenge is living well. Continue charitable pursuits, keep creating. Oh yeah, and sign on with AEG.

"reports that Rick Adelman and Mike Dunleavy are the leading candidates to coach the Lakers"

Would rather have Van Gundy if we're going in this direction

@Edwin - Congrats on the Friedman.


No new news on the Kareem situation or coaching updates. Oh well...at least we have two good conference finals series going on.

Yellofever

Please repost your comment from the last thread. :-)

Thanks
PSP Intern

Amazing how an imposter wrote for me and actually something fairly intelligent. However, the above coment is not mine.

How about killing two birds with one stone and making Kareem the new Laker's Coach.

If the choices are Adelman and Dunleavy, I'd WAAAAAAAY prefer Adelman. When he had talent with Portland, he made it to the finals twice, and lost to tough Detroit and Chicago teams. And when Yao and TMac went down in Houston, he still got his team to play at a high level.

I don't have nearly as much confidence in Dunleavy.

@PSP.. By the time I try and repost MM will have a new thread up.. he's a machine! I can't compete with him... He's already cut off the lamar report card and got another new thread on the cap.. I think he's goin for a personal record.. That's 8 and counting!! :-)

Thanks MM & LRob, and everybody. Not really that deserving to be recognized, I think there are more worthy posts out there who said a lot about the whining oldie. I still believe nobody deserves to get a statue while they're still alive, let our grandchildren settle that issue whether these stars are really deserving. In my book, statues can't talk but as an ordinary fan I could just imagined how many millions they pocketed by playing my hobby, basketball or other sports. Where is the statue for the fool - fan who financed these multi-millionaires to fame and fortune. The poor fan is still fighting with his own mini recession within his household to survive. Secondly, if the Buss/Tim L would give Kareem a statue, which image will serve as his lasting memory: a) Lew/Kareem doing the hook shot; or b) the Bald-headed oldie begging and whining for his entitlement. It bridges two gaps, isn't it? For those u who were born in the 80's, how many of you really know Kareem's services to Los Angeles community? He used to be God here before now he is treated as a clown. I think those two images of the Cap represent the opinions of many on these many threads.

Stephen Colbert is a brilliant comedian but the timing of his guests is starting to really annoy me.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

Lakers Today... Lakers Tomorrow... Lakers Forever.

GO LAKERS!!!

@Edwin
Congrats on the Friedman. Once again, well said sir!

Now that Jerry West is part of the Golden State FO, maybe we can pry Stephen Curry away. I know it was stated that he's currnetly in a "non-decision making roll," but honestly, how long do you think that will last?
This guy is one of the best ever in peiceing together a winning team. They will listen to anything he has to say.

PLEASE LET THIS KAREEM GARBAGE DIE- it's run it's course.

So surprised that Brooks left Westbrook on the bench during the fourth. Hopefully, his confidence will grow in Maynor, Westbrook will become even further disgruntled and want to return home to L.A. I can dream, can't I?

Van Gundy!.....please!.....He's such a kiss butt to Kobe...Kobe will own him and will be stuck in this give the ball to Kobe and stand around.....this pecking order biz it whats hurting us......run your offense and play hard on defense.....I VOTE ADELMAN.....Dunlevy has lost touch in how to communicate with players just like Jerry Slone did......

Great Article
"C’mon Kareem, Can’t The Clippers Get a Statue?"
http://bit.ly/iFUYrz
By
Sam Saletta
Actor/ Recording Artist/Songwriter/Composer/ Prod & now Sports Writer
http://bit.ly/SamSaletta

KAREEM HAS DONE A LOT FOR THE LAKER'S AND I FEEL HE DESERVES A STATUE. I UNDERSTAND HIS FEELINGS OF HURT AND NEGLECT EVEN THOUGH I DON'T FEEL IT WAS AN INTENTIONAL SLIGHT BY THE LAKERS. KAREEM IS AN ENIGMATIC PERSON, WHO IT IS INTERESTING TO HEAR HIM VOICE HIS HEART FELT FEELINGS. SINCE HE HAS, AND IT MEANS THAT MIUCH TO HIM . HE SHOULD BE GIVEN A STATUE. I FEEL SOMEWHERE DOWN THE LINE ADMINISTRATION WILL REALIZE THAT HE WAS UN INTENTIONALLY SLIGHTED AND GIVE HIM A STATUE. THAT IN MY OPINION WOULD BE THE NOBLE THING TO DO. PSALMS 100


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