Friday, July 29th, 2011 at 10:45 am  |  34 responses

For Old Time’s Sake: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr.

After reading over Jerry West’s accolades and accomplishments yesterday, you may think it would be hard to find a player with a much better resume. Enter Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s All-Time Leading Scorer and….6x NBA Champion, 6x MVP, 2x Finals MVP, Rookie of the Year, 19x All-Star, 10x All-NBA First Team, 5x All-NBA Defensive First Team, 3x NCAA Champion, 3x NCAA MOP (Most Outstanding Player), Naismith College Player of the Year, Hall of Famer, and one of the 50 Greatest Players of All-Time. Kareem is also 3rd all-time in Blocks, 3rd in Rebounds, and 2nd in Games Played. He starred in the league for 20 years, retiring after the ’89 season and has since become a best-selling author, coach, and a great ambassador for the NBA. I could go on and on about UCLA, The Lakeshow, the movies etc. Peep the highlights.


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  • jay cutler

    Unstoppable shot. If Dwight somehow develops a skyhook he surpasses Shaq.

  • rob

    Kareem must be pissed Slam took this long to post his highlights. He probably feels disrespected.

  • Big M.D.W

    i agree with rob

  • cramzy

    still cant believe slam had this dude ranked #7 all time. #7? Did y’all read the resume y’all typed?

  • Coconut

    When I think of Kareem I automatically think about the beatles and guitars gently weeping…

  • Dirtybrid

    That all-star game in LA looked confusing, lol.

  • bike

    Kareem would much rather have a statue erected in his likeness than to be recognized on Slam’s website.

  • http://www.nba.com/celtics lightsout

    haha @0:28 he looks like he’s just f-ing with ewing.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    Ewing never really had great success against Lew. Hakeem didn’t either. This is the thing about Kareem. He played in two eras that were dominated be great centers. He was better than all of them.
    He’s better than Wilt.
    Better than Olajuwon and Shaq.
    The greatest center who has ever lived.
    And arguably, the greatest player of all time.


    ^^^^^^^^^ WORD to they mammas Phill ^^^^^^^^^

  • letsrun

    Severely underrated player. Without a doubt the greatest pivot to ever play, and maybe had the greatest overall basketball career of his contemporaries from HS > NBA

  • Kadavour

    I remember seeing a clip of Wilt BLOCKING the sky hook. Jumped out of my chair when i saw it.

  • http://cnbc.com JTaylor21

    Bar none, the greatest player to ever play the game. Though it’s a tie between KAJ and the Dream for the title of GCOAT.

  • Kadavour
  • ben

    There’s actually a clip of Wilt blocking Kareem right handed Hook, Kareem takes the ball back and then Wilt blocks his left hook.

  • http://Slamonline.com Datkid

    I’ma need a YouTube link fot that clip immediately kadavour

  • Kadavour

    it’s awaiting moderation. i posted it right after my comment though.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    ^It did happen…
    But Lew used to get the better of Dipper.

  • http://Slamonline.com CatKiller

    I bet he could still school some big men in the game today! lol

  • bike

    There was a little known player by the name of Bill Willoughby that blocked Kareem’s skyhook at its apex in 1981. If you can find the footage it really is awesome to see. Only highlight of Willoughby’s ho-hum short career.

  • http://dsjklff.com Jukai

    Philo, Olajuwon kinda trounced Abdul-Jabbar in the 86 playoffs. Now this was at the end of Kareem’s career, but gotta correct ya on that one.
    and Kadavour, I believe that was a goal tend, good sir.

  • ben

    If Wilt blocked it twice on the same possesion, he probably blocked it on multiple other occasions.
    Which doesnt mean Kareem is not one of the greatest ever.

  • http://philosopher.view@blogspot.com The Philosopher

    I stand corrected, sir.
    Although I was referencing the total number of games played between the two.
    But yes, I stand corrected.

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  • http://jksldf.com Jukai

    Yep, and the whole thing isn’t even a big deal because there wasn’t a center in the league who didn’t get abused by Olajuwon once or twice. But for some reason, Olajuwon had awful luck with Houston centers in the playoffs, haha.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    What makes Kareem better than Wilt again? I’m not saying I necessarily disagree–you can definitely make the argument that Kareem is the GOAT–but other than chips, what does he have on Wilt?

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    They should let players wear jewelry during games again. Kareem and MJ were so bad@ss with the gold chain.
    Oh, and Kareem is indisputably the greatest player to come out of New York.

  • http://slamonline.com Flint tha Hustla

    Ayo Teddy-the-Bear, Philo already said tha Kareem used to get the best of Wilt. I’m assuming he’s talking about head to head.

  • http://slamonline.com Flint tha Hustla

    And Kareem had the better overall career. He played in a better era and dominated. Him and Jordan in my book as best ever. That’s just me.

  • MikeC.

    Kareem is so slept on. Whenever we all get reminded, we’re all like “Dizzle! Forgot about Kareem, he’s totally top-5, probably top-3 all time!” Then next week we make our lists and most have 1) MJ 2) Russel 3) Magic 4) Bird 5) Wilt. Some will swap MJ and Russ, and swap Magic for Bird and put Shaq or Dream in place of Wilt and they’re all rock solid arguments and we all agree to disagree because they’re all dope individual players with great statistics and they all had legendary careers. Then we get reminded about Kareem and we all smack our foreheads and say “D’oh!” Maybe this is why Kareem feels slighted and disrespected. With his track record of winning/team success, individual accomplishments and mountain of statistics, he has a case of being ranked #1 all-time. Better than MJ. The man is in the conversation of being the greatest player of all time, not just the greatest center. He deserves a statue in front of the Hall of Fame, not just Staples.

  • MikeC.

    I’m not saying I always remember Kareem. I forget about him and Moses too.

  • http://thetroyblog.com Teddy-the-Bear

    @ Flint, Philo, etc.: True, when they played against each other, Kareem usually played better offensively and individually. BUT, Kareem entered the league when Wilt was way past his prime (but still insanely good) so he had the advantage of fresh legs. Also, Wilt’s teams usually got the best of Kareem’s anyways.
    Here’s an article I just found regarding the subject of Wilt vs. Kareem.
    Wilt is the best player ever, imo.

  • Matul Nine

    Someone should show this highlight mix to Javalle McGee…he’s got the bodytype.