Kareem Abdul-Jabbar slams LeBron James, says he should be 'embarrassed' by some of his actions
Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar slammed LeBron James amid the presentation of a new trophy with his name. He presented the award to Lakers star Carmelo Anthony for his social justice work in the present season. On the game front, James is set to surpass Kareem as the points leader, despite the side having a hell season with hopes of making the playoffs looking bleak. And while the former great had no issues being overtaken by James, he still felt that James' off-court antics were "beneath him"
Though Kareem was lavish in his praise of James' philanthropy over the years he did feel there were things the GOAT had to be embarrassed about. "Some of the things he's done and said are really beneath him, as far as I can see." Kareem adds, "Some of the great things that he's done, he's standing on both sides of the fence almost, you know? It makes it hard for me to accept that when he's committed himself to a different take on everything. It's hard to figure out where he's standing. You've got to check him out every time."
TMZ opined that Kareem was talking about James vaccine's hesitancy and some of his celebrations on the court. “If he would take the time [to know me], I definitely got the time,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “I admire the things that he’s done that have gotten all our attention. Sending a whole school to college? Wow. That’s amazing. His thoughtfulness and willingness to back it up with his wallet, you got to give him credit for that. So I’m not throwing stones. I just wish he wouldn’t — you know, some of the things he’s done, he should be embarrassed about. That’s just where I’m coming from.”
“For me, winning is enough,” Abdul-Jabbar said in a video posted through Substack in early December. “Why do you need to do a stupid, childish dance and disrespect the other team on the court? It doesn’t make sense. GOATs don’t dance.” On reel life, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his conversion to Islam was one of the storylines of the latest episode of HBO's 'Winning Time: The Rise of the Lakers Dynasty'.