LA Lakers Finally Honour Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with A Statue September 03, 2012 15:56
The LA Lakers have been hitting the news big time in the NBA off-season, as they look to break out in this years competition and win a ring, and some nice trophies. Perhaps the most notable pieces of news have been the signing of Steve Nash, from the Phoenix Suns, followed by the move of Dwight Howard from the Orlando Magic, to the golden coast.
While news has mostly been focused on the present, the Lakers have also stirred up some things from the past, by finally deciding to put a statue of the legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Star Plaza at the Staples Centre. We say 'finally' because a serious fuss had already been kicked up about Abdul-Jabbar being missing from the Star Plaza line-up in the first place.
After all, they've taken the time to honour Magic Johnson, Chick Hearn and Jerry West already. Adbul-Jabbar was very public about his opinions on the matter last year, when his accused the Lakers of disrespecting him, and his time with the team, by failing to include him in any previous honours.
The Lakers are now going to erect a statue of for former number 33 during the upcoming season. Abdul-Jabbar played for the Lakers between 1975 and 1989, a period in his career which definitely helped him to becoming the NBA's leading all-time scorer, with 38,387 career points. A record which remains unbeaten. He also won 5 of his 6 NBA titles with the Lakers, and 3 of his 6 league MVP awards. He is often said to be the best NBA centre of all time. When his statue is unveiled in the next year, he will be amongst some very worthy company.
Magic Johnson is credited with bringing a new type of Showtime offence to the game of basketball, and won 5 NBA titles with the Lakers. Chick Hearn is thought of as the game's best, and most creative, broadcaster, having had the ability to capture the attention and imaginations of fans everywhere. Jerry West is the Lakers second all-time leading scorer and was part of the team that won the first ever title in LA, in 1972. He was also the player used for the silhouette of the NBA logo.
The LA Lakers look set to be on course for a very eventful season, both on and off the court.