Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar criticizes some of LeBron James’ actions

THE ANGEL — Kareem Abdul Jabbar publicly criticized Lebron James again Sunday, with the Los Angeles Lakers Legend has it that he believes the current Lakers star has a greater responsibility for how he behaves given his elevated platform.

“Some of the things he’s done and said are really beneath his dignity as far as I can tell,” Abdul-Jabbar said ahead of the Lakers-Lakers game Denver nuggets. “Some of the great things he’s done, he’s almost on either side of the fence, you know? It makes it hard for me to accept when he’s committed to a different perspective on everything. It’s hard to figure out where he’s standing. You have to check him every time.”

Abdul-Jabbar, who was on hand to introduce James’ teammates, Carmelo Anthonywith the newly designed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Trophy honoring Anthony as the NBA’s Social Justice Champion for the 2020-21 season, has expressed disappointment with James on several occasions this season.

After James celebrated a 3rd win in overtime against the late game Indiana Pacers Mimicking the dance popularized by former NBA All-Star Sam Cassell and emphasizing his nether regions, Abdul-Jabbar showed his disapproval.

“For me, winning is enough,” Abdul-Jabbar said in a video posted via Substack, a subscription comments site, in early December. “Why do you have to do a silly, childish dance and disrespect the other team on the pitch? That does not make sense. GOATS don’t dance.”

Later that month, Abdul-Jabbar took aim at James again after the four-time MVP shared a Spider-Man meme on his Instagram account that showed three identical Spider-Man characters pointing at each other and the caption “COVID.” were provided. cold” and “flu”.

Abdul-Jabbar wrote on Substack that the social media post was a “slap to his worthy legacy” because the “implication is that LeBron doesn’t understand the difference between these three diseases, even after all the information presented in the be presented to the press”.

Abdul-Jabbar referred to his two previous criticisms on Sunday when explaining his stance on the 19-year veteran.

“Absolutely, [I have] a higher expectation for him because he understands the issues and has spoken to them very forcefully and eloquently,” Abdul-Jabbar said.”

James dismissed Abdul-Jabbar’s criticism at the time.

“I don’t have an answer for Kareem at all,” James said. “And when you’ve seen the post and read the tag, literally and honestly ask, ‘Will you help me?’ Help me figure this all out somehow. We are all trying to figure out this pandemic.

Abdul-Jabbar said his and James’ personal interactions were brief, but he would welcome further connection.

“If he would take the time, I would definitely have time,” said Abdul-Jabbar. “I admire the things he did that got our full attention. Sending an entire school to college? Wow. That is amazing. He has to be given credit for his thoughtfulness and willingness to support it with his wallet. So I don’t throw stones. I just wish he wouldn’t – you know, some of the things he did should embarrass him. That’s exactly why I’m coming.

Despite this stance, Abdul-Jabbar applauds James’ quest for his NBA scoring record, which he has held for nearly 38 years, having eclipsed Wilt Chamberlain’s previous career scoring total.

“I support him doing it,” said Abdul-Jabbar. “There’s no jealousy there. … Just — he should be careful with the issues I’ve been talking about, things that really affect the black community. That’s all I ask.”

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