Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is considered to be one of the greatest (if not the greatest) LA Laker ever. In 2012, former center and Hall of Famer was honored by having his own 16-foot statue unveiled at the LA Staples Center.
The ceremony marked the unveiling of the statue, which is essentially a 16-foot bronzed Kareem doing his famous skyhook shot, wearing his trademark goggles.
“I think it is very accurate,” Abdul-Jabbar said of the statue. “It shows me in mid-career and doing what I did best.”
Many of the Laker greats were there in attendance, including Magic Johnson, Jerry West, Pat Riley, Julius Irving, Bill Walton, James Worthy, Kurt Rambis, AC Green, Bill Sharman, and Jamaal Wilkes.
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. Abdul-Jabbar won six NBA championships, one with Milwaukee Bucks (1971), five with the LA Lakers (1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988).
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