After getting shunned by the Lakers organization for several years and voicing his complaints publicly, NBA all-time leading scorer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, arguably the GOAT (based on his entire career resume), is finally getting a statue in front of Staples Center.
Despite being ostracized by fans and team officials for his unique personality traits, Abdul-Jabbar the most impressive career in Lakers history, winning 5 of his 6 career NBA Championships with the Purple and Gold to go along with 3 of his 6 career MVP selections.
The Hall of Famer now joins former Lakers Magic Johnson, Chick Hearn and Jerry West and Kings great Wayne Gretzky and legendary boxer Oscar De La Hoya as the only people to be honored with statues in the Staples Center plaza.
West was the last Laker to get a statue, with his unveiling ceremony occurring in February 2011, at which point I questioned how Kareem still didn’t have one — but it’s good to see that the Lakers have finally gotten their shit together.
Now that Abdul-Jabbar has finally got his statue, look for former WNBA superstar Lisa Leslie to start leading a charge to get her statue in the Championship Plaza.
[via LA Times]