Recently, NBA legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar shared some insider secrets in Episodes 7 and 8 of “Legacy: The True Story of the LA Lakers.” He said 11x NBA Champ (as a coach) Phil Jackson’s return was disrespectful to the NBA great Kobe Bryant. The Lakers had a disappointing 2004-2005 NBA season, and their new coach Rudy Tomjanovich was fired. Hence, the Lakers had no choice but to bring Phil Jackson back.
Kareen Abdul Jabbar mentioned, “After Rudy Tomjanovich quit as head coach 43 games into the season (though some say the Lakers quietly fired him), Phil Jackson was brought back. In some ways, this was a rebuke of Kobe because Phil had flatly said that Kobe was uncoachable, which is about the worst thing you can say about a player.” Phil had to leave LA despite winning three championships in his first five seasons as the Lakers head coach.
Kareem added, “It’s true that Kobe was difficult to coach because he thought he should have the ball all the time. He had the confidence and the skill to back it up. But that confidence and skill had to be directed in a way that could ignite and inspire the whole team.” Shaquille O’Neal was traded to the Miami Heat during the same phase, and Kobe Bryant was left all alone.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Is Rooting for LeBron James to break his record
Kareem Abdul Jabbar is happy that Los Angeles Lakers legend LeBron James will break his all-time scoring record. He said, “We All Win When a Record Is Broken.” On the other hand, LeBron James is awe-struck by the fact that he’s so close to breaking a record that’s stood for nearly four decades. James was talking on the Lakers media day, where he said, “To sit here and to know that I’m on the verge of breaking probably the most sought-after record in the NBA, something that people said would probably never be done, it’s just super humbling for myself. I think it’s super cool.”
LeBron sits just 1,325 points behind Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for the all-time scoring record. All eyes will be on King James to break another record and add one more feather to his cap. The Los Angeles Lakers will kick off their 2022-2023 NBA campaign against the Golden State Warriors on 19th Oct.