Monday, November 19th, 2012 at 10:05 am  |  5 responses

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Honored With a Statue (VIDEO)

Well deserved.

The Los Angeles Lakers paid tribute to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar by unveiling a statue that shows Cap taking one of his majestic hooks shots. Jabbar was very moved. Per the OC Register: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s famed skyhook, already immortalized in the minds of Lakers fans and opponents, has now been cast in bronze for future generations of basketball fans. The former Lakers great, helped by a few of his closest friends, unveiled 16-foot bronze likeness of the ‘Cap’ on Friday before the Lakers played Phoenix at Staples Center. ‘Lou Gehrig spoke about being the luckiest man in the world, and as a young person at that time I didn’t know what that meant,’ Abdul-Jabbar said. ‘But having lived my life and having had the wonderful experiences that I’ve had in basketball, I can understand now what a man like Lou Gehrig meant. I get it. When you’re fortunate enough to be honored in this way, it’s a very humbling experience.’ Abdul-Jabbar’s statue, created by sculptors Julie Rotblatt Amrany and Omri Amrany, depicts the former center with his signature goggles and No. 33 jersey, putting up a skyhook. It will join statues of Jerry West and Magic Johnson in Star Plaza.”

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  • roscoe

    so… if ur a pigeon, which statue @ staples do you bless 1st?

  • bike

    As a joke, they should have created the exact same statue with Shaq’s head to unveil during the tribute. Just to see the look on KAJ’s face.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Mike-Gilbert/100001749589586 Mike Gilbert

    so many statues….

  • tealish

    doesn’t it make a bit awkward when you cry and complain to get something in your honor and then turn around and say it’s “humbling”? no? oh okay, carry on.

  • kc

    Totally agree!