NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who retired from the NBA in 1989 has remained in the spotlight since then, becoming a columnist and a writer.
The NY Times article by Jay Caspian Kang says that in recent years, Abdul-Jabbar has turned his attention toward the Internet, where he has found an unexpected role among the online commentariat.
He has written on Lena Dunham, Ferguson, the body-shaming Serena Williams has endured, the Charleston shootings and Donald Trump.
Kang wonders in the article what Abdul-Jabbar’s career would’ve been if it had happened 30 years later.
“Social media has given athletes a direct avenue to their fans that has cut the sports reporter out of his job as translator, and it has emboldened professional athletes to make political statements they might not have made,” said the article.
Responding to Kang’s question of he wished he had played in the era of social media, if Twitter and Instagram might have given him a more ideal way to communicate with fans, Abdul-Jabbar said “it would’ve been great.”
‘‘It would’ve been nice to really be able to explain myself in the way I wanted to explain myself,” he said.
It should be noted that Abdul-Jabbar seems to be one of the most active retired NBA players online – as he frequently updates his Facebook page, as well as writes lengthy articles for online publications.
Abdul-Jabbar was selected 1st overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1969 NBA Draft. He 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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