Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks Ball brothers, Magic Johnson

kareem-abdul-jabbarNBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has recently criticized LiAngelo Ball, for driving around in a Ferrari, which his father, LaVar Ball reportedly bought him.

“This is disgusting. I don’t like that,” he said. “It sets a bad precedent for what the school is supposed to be about and what our basketball program is supposed to be about,” Abdul-Jabbar said FOX Sports 1’s “The Herd with Colin Cowherd.”

Ball is a freshman at the UCLA – which Abdul-Jabbar attended from 1966 to 1969 and led the UCLA Bruins to three consecutive national championship titles.

As for LiAngelo Ball and two of his teammates getting just recently arrested in China for shoplifting, Abdul-Jabbar believes they deserve another chance, and should redeem themselves.

As for Ball’s shoplifting in China, Abdul-Jabbar had this to say: “It stained part of my legacy. I was offended by it. I didn’t like seeing the program associated with shoplifting.”

“I think they deserve a chance to redeem themselves, but they have to redeem themselves,” he explained. “It’s not gonna just be words. They have to go out and prove it, go to class, show some character. That’s what I would like to see.”


Abdul-Jabbar also believes those who compare LiAngelo Ball’s brother Lonzo (currently a LA Lakers point guard) to legendary Lakers guard Magic Johnson, are totally wrong.

“Not at all. None. Different player, different approach to the game. Some of the same talents, but different players. Magic was able to rebound and once he got a rebound, that was also our point guard. So we could run. It really gave us the ability that other guards would not be able to do,” Abdul-Jabbar said.

“If I got switched off onto Magic’s guy because he got away from him, Magic could go in and defend my man, box him out and make sure he didn’t get the rebound. Then I was on the wing on the fast break. And we could play like that because I had that kind of skill, I could fit in there. When you’re on one wing and James Worthy is on the other, you have a good chance of having a good fast break,” Abdul-Jabbar said.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds NBA records for career points, Most Valuable Player Awards (6), and NBA All-Star selections (19) and is considered by many to be one of the greatest basketball players of all time.

In 1996, he was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Abdul-Jabbar played 1560 games in the NBA, averaging 24.6 ppg, 11.2 rpg in 36.8 mpg.


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