LA Lakers Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is feeling unloved by the Lakers organization and he’s not afraid to let everyone know about it. 22 years after his retirement, the hall-of-fame center is very upset that he has not yet been immortalized outside the Staples Center with his own statue—an honor already granted to two former Laker players: Magic Johnson and Jerry West as well as three other LA sports legends: Lakers announcer Chick Hearn, Oscar De La Hoya and Wayne Gretzky.
He voiced his disappointment in a recent interview with the Sporting News:
“I don’t understand (it). It’s either an oversight or they’re taking me for granted… It’s definitely a slight. I feel slighted.”
He kept rantin’ on his twitter:
“Magic waited 8 years to be honored in that way. So maybe I am chopped liver?”
But I say, “Stop your gripin’ Kareem!” You wanna talk about chopped liver? What no one is talking about here are the Lakers’ poor, ugly roommates, the Clippers…they have no statues at all! Where’s the love, L.A.?
Sure, you can’t argue with Kareem’s stats. He’s the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, a 6-time champion and league MVP and many consider him the best center in history. But if he’s the Lakers fourth option I say he needs to wait until the Clippers have a statue. I mean they must have ONE deserving player in their 40+ year history, right?
So let’s explore the Clippers all-time greats:
Bob McAdoo- Considered widely to be the best player in Clippers’ history, McAdoo won rookie of the year in 1973 and spent 4 good seasons with the Clippers (then the Buffalo Braves). In his 2nd season he notched the league MVP award becoming the only Clipper in history to do so. After bouncing around the league the next several years, McAdoo ended up the 6th man on the 1984-85 Lakers championship team…where he’s best remembered…damn.
Danny Manning- Manning may have never really lived up to his potential as a #1 pick but he was the Clippers team leader and, doggonit, they MADE IT to the playoffs…TWICE, in ‘92 and ’93. That being their first appearance since the ‘70’s. They were outed in the first round both years.
Elton Brand- Signed to a huge 6-year, $82 million contract in 2001, Brand was an all-star in 2002 (The team’s first since Manning in ’94) and led the team to the playoffs in the 2005-06 season. They notched their first playoff series win since the McAdoo days before being eliminated in the 2nd round by the Phoenix Suns. He left the team in 2008 to join the 76ers.
Blake Griffin- Sure, he’s just getting started but after just 1 full season as a Clipper he’s already the most popular player in team history. Some speculate that he is a Clipper-for-Life. If so, he’s on pace to be the team’s all-time leader in points, field goals, free throws, double doubles, offensive rebounds and defensive rebounds…after just 6 seasons.
Keith Closs- Spent only 3 lackluster years as a Clipper. But that would be a freakin’ awesome statue.
Sam Cassell- But just his smilin’ face.
Look out for more bummer Kareem in the next few days. He’s scheduled Thursday for appearances on ESPN’s Mike and Mike in the Morning and Comedy Central’s The Colbert Report.