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Thursday, March 28th, 2013 at 10:55 am  |  17 responses

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Wants to Coach the UCLA Bruins


For the second time this year, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has publicly expressed interest in coaching one of his old teams. Cap wants to go back to school at UCLA, and hopes to replace the recently-fired Ben Howland. Per the LA Times: “As a 7-foot-2 center for the John Wooden Bruins in 1967-69, Abdul-Jabbar was the star on a team that was 88-2 and won three NCAA titles. When he continued his career in the NBA, at Milwaukee and later with the Lakers, he was on teams that won six NBA titles and was the league most valuable player six times. He is the NBA’s all-time scoring leader. ‘Like all Bruin supporters,’ Abdul-Jabbar said, ‘the recent trend at our school hasn’t made me happy. The players don’t seem to be learning how to play, and haven’t been graduating. We can do better.’ Abdul-Jabbar, who will turn 66 on April 16, said that he has ‘reached out’ to UCLA Athletic Director Dan Guerrero, ‘and hopefully, I can get a chance to make my case.’ He has had no Division I coaching experience but has coached in various capacities from high school through the NBA. He coached the Oklahoma Storm of the U.S. Basketball League to the title in 2002. ‘That didn’t get on many people’s radar,’ he said, ‘but it gave me a great idea of what to do in most situations.’ Abdul-Jabbar has been taking on a higher public profile recently. That will include playing host, with PrimeSport, to a hospitality party open to all fans the Monday night of the Final Four (April 8th) in Atlanta.”

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  • 20folife

    May as well give him a shot. Not like that university has made any nose for a while…..im sure he could get some recruits just based on his name

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    of course he does.

  • Ugh

    Yeah, me too.

  • Max

    Coach high as f*ck and sh*t.

  • bike

    Kareem, old buddy, that is not going to happen.

  • LP

    He’s too tall to coach basketball. That’s why Ewing can’t get hired.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    they’ve been to two final fours in the last 8 years.

  • LP

    apparently 3 final fours….and #2 recruiting class last year……Matt Barnes would be a better man than Jabbar

  • DannyAingesBarber

    Kareem is on Splash. Enough said

  • Nella

    Actually, 3. 2006, 2007, 2008.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    haha my bad. Point triply proven!!!

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    i could see barnes doin good at coaching

  • MasterSplinter

    Agreed. I wonder how John Wooden would feel about the firing.

  • roscoe

    The question is…

    will KAJ conduct the same dog & pony show w/ UCLA…

    as he did w/ LAL when they didnt give him a statute when he wanted.

    Bill Russell could teach KAJ something about stepping away gracefully.

  • roscoe

    there is more to the story than what is on the surface today.

    be patient… a guy like ben doesn’t get canned.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    he seems like he doesn’t have much of a personality

  • Ei_Ehm

    He should become a porn director.

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