Even though he is the NBA's career leader in points scored and easily one of the top five NBA players of all time, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has always managed to feel underappreciated. And you know what? Maybe he is. Maybe he, not Michael Jordan, should be considered the best to ever do it. Maybe he, not Jerry West, should be the NBA's logo. And maybe he, not Magic Johnson, should have been the first Laker to get a statue dedicated in front of the Staples Center.
This year he finally got his wish - his statue may not have been the first, but it is the tallest. And it's not of him getting kicked in the chops by Bruce Lee. The timing, however, could have been better. Last we heard, Cap was trying to orchestrate its trade to Milwaukee. The only holdup appears to be that Milwaukee doesn't have a statue of Brian Winters.