Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has long been considered mercurial and standoffish by the sports media. However, those who know the NBA’s all-time leading scorer say he’s grossly misunderstood. Abdul Jabbar agrees.
“I didn’t try to be understood, I just tried to maintain a little bit of private space,” he explained. “And in doing that, I turned a lot of people off and I could’ve done a better job, especially relating to the members of the press.”
Bill Rhoden and I caught up with the all-time great on the latest episode of Bill Rhoden On Sports.
Jabbar’s new documentary, Kareem: Minority of One, which details his incredible life story like never before, debuts on HBO tonight at 10PM. Kareem talked with us about the film, why he chose to make it and talked about the release of his tenth book, Mycroft Holmes.
He also shared his thoughts on the current state of the NBA and expressed admiration for Kobe Bryant and LeBron James. However, when the subject turned to Andrew Bynum and Dwight Howard, Jabbar was not as kind.
“He didn’t like the game,” Jabbar said of Bynum. “He liked getting paid, everybody likes getting paid. But, he didn’t like the game, he didn’t want to work at it.”
Speaking of disappointments, Bill and I also talk about the Mets’ latest collapse and wrap up the 2015 World Series. In the deciding Game 5, Matt Harvey pitched eight brilliant shutout innings, seemingly setting up the perfect save opportunity for Mets’ closer, Jeurys Familia. We discuss how it didn’t quite work out that way.
The Kansas City Royals, as they had done repeatedly in the postseason, fearlessly rallied and snatched victory from the depths of defeat to win their first World Series since 1985. We hear from Terry Collins and tell you who’s to blame.
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