The Los Angeles Lakers will honor six-time NBA MVP Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with a statue outside Staples Center sometime in the upcoming season, reportd Los Angeles Times .
Back in May, the Lakers legend expressed frustration with the organization for not dedicating a statue outside the Staples Center in his honor.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is without a doubt the greatest center in Los Angeles Lakers history. Over the course of his illustrious 20-year career, he racked up six titles, six MVP awards, and the notable distinction of being the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.
The tweet he sent out last year.
“Rumor has it that I will be getting a statue,” Abdul-Jabbar wrote. “A caveat for all my fans — don’t hold your breath. Lakers don’t care about me.”
He voiced his frustration atreceiving a statue before he did, after West's statue was unveiled during the 2011 NBA All-Star weekend in Los Angeles.
"I don't understand (it). It's either an oversight or they're taking me for granted," Abdul-Jabbar told The Sporting News at the time. "I'm not going to try to read people's minds, but it doesn't make me happy. It's definitely a slight. I feel slighted."
It's wonderful that Abdul-Jabbar is getting a statue, but before it even goes up, his comments have almost tarnished it.
By asking for a statue, he'll never know whether he was really next in line to get one, or if he is getting it because he made such a fuss.
There are currently five statues outside of Staples Center, with three of them being Lakers-related in West,and broadcaster joining and Oscar De La Hoya.