Michael Olowokandi's NBA career was basically a disaster. After being selected with the first overall pick in the 1998 NBA Draft, he did, well, nothing. And more than a decade later, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is calling him out for it. In a column he penned for ESPN.com recently—yeah, it's a slooooooow time for NBA news, folks—Abdul-Jabbar blames Kandi Man and other players like him for ruining the NBA.
"When I coached for the Clippers, I had to deal with Michael Olowokandi," writes Abdul-Jabbar, "a player who perfectly fit the description 'talented but uncoachable.' At practice, I would attempt to point out Mr. Olowokandi's faults to him, ones he constantly repeated and resulted in lost possessions for the team or personal fouls that sent him to the bench. His reaction to my attempts to correct his bad habits was to take my input as a personal insult and embarrassment. He told me point-blank that he would not be criticized in front of the team. He stuck to his word and, as a result, had very few successful moments on the court playing the way he wanted to play. He took his place on the list of athletically gifted washouts who have been in and out of the league in the past 10 years."
Ouch! [via Ball Don't Lie]