Abdul-Jabbar comments on LA Lakers’ awful season, says they need Kobe

kareem-kobeHall of Famer, legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has never played on a bad team.

He’s played on the LA Lakers for 14 seasons, in 1093 career regular season games. And the current LA Lakers team is anything but good. Abdul-Jabbar has recently shared his opinion on the team on the CBSRadio.

“The short-term is going to be tough,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “Their players have to step up, play their best, play together, and it takes a while to establish that,” Abdul-Jabbar said.

He put trust in Byron Scott – his former teammate on the Lakers, and the team’s current coach.

” I think Byron is doing a great job, he knows what the players need to learn, and how they need to play. He’s going to do the best job he can. I am sure he will lead them to figure out what needs to be done for them to be a better team,” Abdul-Jabbar said.

Speaking about Kobe Bryant, Abdul-Jabbar said that it is unlikely that the Lakers will trade him.

“I doubt they would trade him. He makes a lot of money, and he’s been a Laker his whole life. I don’t think people could even conceive of him being on any other team,” he said.

“The Lakers, they need him,” said Jabbar. “He still has a lot of firepower.”

Back in March 2014, Abdul-Jabbar expressed his concerns regarding Bryant’s health, as the Lakers’ star is coming off a serious torn achilles injury.

“If they can put other good players out there on the court that can play with him, it will still be a good team,” Abdul-Jabbar said.

Abdul-Jabbar did not predict how many games will the Lakers win this season, or if they ever make the playoffs, with ageing Kobe Bryant taking the whole team on his own shoulders.

Abdul-Jabbar was  a record 19-time NBA All-Star, a 15-time All-NBA selection, and an 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team member.

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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