Entries in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (8)


Tim Duncan Passes 25,000 Points in Win Over Lakers

Ronald Martinez/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- Tim Duncan became the 19th player in NBA history to score 25,000 points on Friday night in the Spurs' 93-80 win over the Lakers.

Duncan scored his 25,000th point in the first half on an assist from Tony Parker.

"We're starting to play a little better," said Duncan, who finished with 13 points and 11 rebounds. "Hopefully we can hit a stride and see how we go from there."

Duncan joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in NBA history as the second player to reach 25,000 points, 14,000 rebounds, and 2,500 blocks.

The two-time NBA MVP won his fifth NBA title with the Spurs in June.

San Antonio is now 5-3 this season and the Lakers fell to 1-8, which is the worst start in franchise history.

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LeBron James Scores in Double Digits for 500th Straight Game

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(TORONTO) -- Miami Heat forward LeBron James became the fifth player in NBA history to score at least 10 points in 500 consecutive games Tuesday.

James accomplished the feat in the first quarter of the team's 104-95 win over the Toronto Raptors.

James joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (787 and 508 games), Michael Jordan (866), Karl Malone (575) and Moses Malone (526) as the only players to accomplish the streak.

The last time James didn't score in double digits was Jan. 5, 2007 at Milwaukee. James scored eight points in that game.

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Dwight Howard Responds to Kareem

Bob Levey/Getty Images(NEW YORK) -- In wake of Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's comments on ESPN's "First Take" on Thursday about Rockets center Dwight Howard having a low basketball IQ, Howard responded on Friday.

"You can't win three Defensive Player of the Year trophies and be stupid. That can't be done," Howard told reporters on Friday at practice. "And I don't think any coach that has ever coached me has said I have a low IQ for basketball."

"Have I done some dumb stuff on the floor? Yes, every player has. Have I done some stupid things in life? Yes, it's life. We make mistakes and learn from them. It is what it is. I think I am very intelligent when it comes to the game of basketball. I have been playing since I was 3 years old. Each year, I get a little smarter," Howard continued.

Abdul-Jabbar watched Howard all last season during his time with the Lakers, but Howard said they only had one conversation that was not about basketball.

"People will have something to say. Is what it is. I'm in (Houston) now. This city has my back and we are going to ride together," Howard said.

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Lakers to Build Statue for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kirby Lee/WireImage(LOS ANGELES) -- The Los Angeles Lakers plan to erect a statue of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, to honor the NBA hall-of-famer.

The status is going to be unveiled in the near future. 

Abdul-Jabbar would be the sixth statue to be placed outside the Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.  The other five are former Lakers Magic Johnson, Jerry West and broadcaster Chick Hearn.  Wayne Gretzky and Oscar De La Hoya also have their own statues.

Over the course of his 20-year career, Abdul-Jabbar won six championships to go along with six MVP awards. He was also a 19-time All-Star.

He is the NBA's all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points.

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LeBron James Takes Home Third MVP Title

Jim McIsaac/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- An emotional LeBron James stepped up to the podium to receive his third Most Valuable Player trophy on Saturday.

James has now won the last three out of four MVP crowns and stepped into elite company becoming just the eighth player in NBA history to win the MVP award three times.  He joins Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Michael Jordan, Bill Russell, Wilt Chamberlain, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson and Moses Malone among the players who have as many MVP trophies.

"This is my ninth year in the NBA, less than ten years ago, I had dreams of being in the NBA, I had dreams of putting on an NBA uniform," said James.  "I never dreamed about being an NBA most valuable player."

James stressed the importance of his Heat team who joined him on stage during his speech.

"Even though my name is on this individual award, it's not just my award," said James.  "The reason I am up here today is because of those guys."

James received 85 of a possible 121 first-place votes.

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LeBron James Seeking Third MVP Trophy

Mike Ehrmann/Getty Images(MIAMI) -- Miami heat forward LeBron James is chasing his third MVP title.

If he were to lock up the third MVP, James would be just the eighth player in history to win it three times.  Only Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won three titles at a younger age than James, who turned 27 in December.

"It would mean a lot, honestly, it would mean a lot," James said. "If I'm able to win it this year it would be very humbling knowing the caliber of guys who have won it three times. I remember me being a little, scrawny guy from Akron, Ohio, and watching so many greats either watching live or watching games, knowing and loving the history of the game and seeing the guys who have paved the way for myself. I've always respected that. I've always respected the talent that came before me."

James is averaging 27.1 points, 7.9 rebounds and 6.3 assists per game this season.  The only difference between him and the eight other players is that those eight have won NBA titles.

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Lakers to Retire Shaquille O'Neal's Jersey

STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images(LOS ANGELES) -- The man with too many nicknames to count -- Shaq, Superman, The Big Shaqtus and The Big Daddy among others -- will have his No. 34 jersey retired and lifted into the rafters of the Staples Center.

The Los Angeles Lakers announced on Thursday that former center Shaquille O'Neal will have his number retired sometime next season, but a specific date will not be planned until the NBA releases the 2012-13 schedule this summer.

After a 19-year Hall of Fame-worthy NBA career, O’Neal will have to think of another nickname for his jersey's retirement.

During O’Neal’s eight seasons in Los Angeles (1996-2004), the Lakers made the Finals four times, winning three championships. He also led the league in scoring while being named regular season MVP in 1999-00.

He’ll be the eighth player in Lakers franchise history to have his jersey retired, joining Jerry West (No. 44), James Worthy (No. 42), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (No. 33), Magic Johnson (No. 32), Gail Goodrich (No. 25), Elgin Baylor (No. 22), and Wilt Chamberlain (No. 13).

It wasn’t always a perfect relationship for O’Neal with former teammate Kobe Bryant during his days in Los Angeles, but Bryant said after the Lakers Thursday night win in Boston that this was well deserved.

Only one question remains, what will the next nickname be for O’Neal? “The Big Rafter”?

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Lakers Hold Off Timberwolves, 106-101

Los Angeles Lakers/NBA(MINNEAPOLIS´╗┐) -- The Los Angeles Lakers found a way to win a game on the road this season.  It wasn't easy but they got the job done.

The Lakers let an 18-point lead slip away in the second half to the Minnesota Timberwolves on Sunday but their veteran leader Kobe Bryant would have none of that.

Bryant scored 35 points in the game but his jumper with 1:16 to go that made it 101-96 put the game away for good.  During the game he passed Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for most field goals made in franchise history.

"We needed to get a win on the road," said Bryant.

Pau Gasol finished with 28 points for the Lakers, followed by Andrew Bynum's 21-point effort.

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