LeBron James was recently asked about LA Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, whom he will overtake as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. He shocked many by saying he had no thoughts on NBA greatness and that they didn’t share a relationship.
On ESPN’s “First Take,” Stephen A. Smith spoke about the two NBA legends. He first praised LeBron by saying:
“On the way to being everything he can be, he never fails to give back. He always gave something back. He’s a brilliant brother, he’s a good man, he’s a hell of a role model isn’t perfect, it should in no way diminish our appreciation of who he is and what he meant to us and how much we will miss him when he’s gone.”
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been critical of LeBron James in the past. He had criticized him for his handling of the Covid 19 situation. Regarding Kareem’s criticism of LeBron in the past, Smith said:
“For someone like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who is as critical as he has been in the past, in this case it might have been justified, in this case it might not have. There have been times when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has scaled back. He apologized because he thought he was wrong about something he said about LeBron, but it’s Kareem.
“I think we saw that from LeBron. That’s why LeBron spoke the way he did. I was told he has great respect for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, they just don’t have a relationship.”
Check out Stephen A. Smith’s full comments on LeBron James and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar below:
LeBron James snubs All-Time Lakers’ Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from May 5
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has arguably the greatest resume in NBA history. Though LeBron James is expected to soon overtake him as the greatest player of all time, Abdul-Jabbar’s 6 MVP honors remain the highest in NBA history. He has also won 6 championships while making 10 NBA Finals appearances.
When you add that with 19 All-Star teams, 15 All-NBA teams and 11 All-Defensive teams, it’s impossible to find five players with a better resume.
Abdul-Jabbar spent 14 seasons with the LA Lakers and ranks in the top 6 in every major category. Leaving him out of start five with the Lakers seems outrageous, even with all the greats that have played for the franchise. However, James did just that.
While James is certainly one of the greatest players in NBA history, many would question the decision to record himself.