Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Raise Age Limit to 21

by May 13, 2010

Kareem tells the AP that the NBA needs to up its age limit, and presumably, for you to get off his damn lawn: “Are spoiled brats running amok in the NBA? Well, former Lakers great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar might not go that far, but he does agree that the league should raise its minimum-age requirement to 21. During a speech at a sports-related banquet in Omaha on Wednesday, Abdul-Jabbar told the audience that the NBA has been victimized by young players who are really interested only in big pay days. ‘They get precocious kids from high school who think they’re rock stars — ‘Where’s my $30 million?’ ‘ Jabbar said, according to the Associated Press. ‘The attitudes have changed, and the game has suffered because of that, and it has certainly hurt the college game.’ The NBA’s all-time leading scorer, who continues to work as a special assistant to the Lakers, says college is the key to helping young players mature both emotionally and physically. Abdul-Jabbar pointed to the valuable life lessons he learned while attending UCLA.”