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Caught in the Web: Reactions to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar feeling slighted about not having a statue

36943636-- The Orange County Register's Janis Carr believes Magic Johnson had a statue before Kareem Abdul-Jabbar because he was also largely instrumental in getting Staples Center built and that Jerry West was chosen before Abdul-Jabbar because of his multiple roles with the Lakers, including being a player, coach and general manager.

-- Ball Don't Lie's Eric Freeman remains befuddled by what Abdul-Jabbar was trying to accomplish by airing his grievances.

-- Pro Basketball Talk's Kurt Helin describes Abdul-Jabbar complaining about not having a statue this way: "Whining about not getting it fast enough comes off like a 4-year-old wanting pancakes. And like with the child, complaining only tends to slow the process, not speed it up."

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Brian Kamenetzky argues that even if Abdul-Jabbar is deserving of a statue, it takes a lot of "chutzpah" to complain about not having one.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Dave McMenamin believes the Lakers are at a "coaching crossroads." He also reports that Lakers General Manager Mitch Kupchak will hold off on the coaching search this week because he flew to Chicago on Tuesday to attend a pre-draft camp and will then attend another camp in Minnesota to look at prospects.

-- The Orange County Register's Jeff Miller believes Abdul-Jabbar should have a statue, but that it's shortsighted for feeling offended at not having one.

-- ESPN Los Angeles' Ramona Shelburne talks to Lakers assistant coach Frank Hamblen, who acknowledges his future is uncertain. features Gary Vitti's training tips.

-- Silver Screen and Roll's DexterFishmore takes offense at Abdul-Jabbar's comments.

-- Forum Blue and Gold's Darius Soriano looks at the importance of the coaching philosophy the next Lakers coach must have.

Tweet of the Day: "Its not about a getting a statue because I'm over it - its about RESPECT! Lakers have given me the absolute minimum of respect." -- kaj33 (Former Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar)

Rick Friedman Reader Comment of the Day: "Lakers are really getting bad publicity after the playoff's meltdown. At the end of the season, it was gay bashing, then got humiliated with a unsportsmanlike conduct of its players after being swept by a 3rd seed Mav's. The other day, PJ was giving Mark Kriegler a bad analysis of the Lakers in general on barfly.

Tonight, it is all over the news including on MSN & BBC of Kareem's protestations against his team. Where's the Lakers love at the time when they needed it most? Did they foresee this bad publicity? I hope there will be no soap opera developing among its players in the next season though unforeseen winds of change are coming from different directions. John Black is now on crisis management mode with the upcoming lockout, fan's disgusts over lack of team efforts and this ex players rants." -- Edwin Gueco

-- Mark Medina

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Photo: Former Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sparked plenty of criticism about his gripe that he felt slighted for not having a statue outside Staples Center. Credit: Damian Strohmeyer / Allsport

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i think we will see that it was really amazing that the lakers went as far as they did. i can only speculate, but there seems to have been a split between kobe and pj in how to win. for a couple of years everything worked well. this year, the cracks showed and nobody looked good. in the meantime, the mavs put together a team specificly designed to beat the lakers, to get over the hump.

I'd like to see your dad drag Walton and Lanier up the court for 48 minutes

Perhaps meet halfway with a Roger Murdoch statue at LAX?

He deserves one. The man won 5 titles with the Lakers, the man won a bunch with UCLA and he is tied to Los Angeles basketbal in a way that few are. Cap DESERVES recognition and I hope he gets his statue, with an sky hook pose none the less.

Get rid of Oscar De la who and put up cap. And I love Chick, do not get me wrong, but did he ever make a SINGLE BASKET to win a Lakers' game? No.

Why not make a "Lakers Court of Honor" outside Staples with a statue of all the greats in life size?

It would be a fun thing to take the kids to see. Compare heights, hand sizes, etc.

Similar in concept to Grauman's theater entry.

Sounds like its time to get to work on Elgin Baylor's statue.

What do we play for? RINGS!!!

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


I always wondered why Abdul-Jabbar was not honored with statue. He, more so than Magic was THE Lakers for a very long time. So I actually agree with him. just because Magic is a better businessman, Abdul Jabbar was a more remarkable basketball player.

He's getting up there in years and is battling a rare form of leukemia. Kareem deserves to be able to see his stature as long as God is willing to allow him to see it.

It sure would be nice for him to be allowed an interview for the head coaching job, even if he isn't chosen. I respect Kareem's knowledge of the game just as much as Brian Shaw and he's the front-runner.



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