Kareem Abdul Jabbar is on virtually everyone’s top 10 all-time greatest basketball player lists, on a significant percentage of top 5 all-time greatest basketball player lists, and on enough lists as the GOAT. The way he dominated the league almost half a century ago is almost impossible to recreate. He also remains the all-time leading scorer in NBA history with 38,387 points and he is also a record 19-time All-Star. Making his appearance on Jimmy Fallon’s ‘The Tonight’s Show’, Kareem was recently asked about the GOAT debate which usually involves Michael Jordan and Lebron James and he had a hilarious response to it.
Wining 6 NBA Rings, while also grabbing 6 MVP awards, his last being at the age of 38 while beating the young guns of his era, Kareem’s is definitely on the top step for some, in the GOAT debate. The era in which Kareem dominated the NBA was far from easy, the competition and parity was insane. A team that had a shot at winning it all, could easily lose in the first round. The journey to the championship was just much harder, especially with the casts that Kareem had for the latter half of the 70s.
“I won’t have to worry about it” Kareem Abdul Jabbar hilariously replies to Jimmy Fallon’s GOAT question
The Jimmy Fallon’s, ‘The Tonight Show’ has been host to many NBA stars over the years, this time it was Kareem Abdul Jabbar on the show spreading smiles. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s prime was longer than most NBA player’s careers. He was an exceptional accurate scorer, and a deadly center, making him one of the greatest players to grace the game, along with Michael Jordan and Lebron James. Since James is the only active member of the three, he can still chase down the records of Abdul-Jabbar and Jordan. On “The Tonight Show with Jimmy Fallon,” Abdul-Jabbar spoke about the GOAT conversation and James’ chase of his all-time scoring record-
” I’ll answer. The GOAT committee meets in secret, OK? So that’s just something we’re not going to know about, you know? But if LeBron breaks my record this next year coming up, that will be one last record that I won’t have to worry about ever again.”
Kareem found a funny way to avoid the topic completely and had Fallon laughing at the response. He is not going to get dragged into this as he probably would consider himself the GOAT. He is fully entitled to think that way too, after everything that he has accomplished with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers.
However, he knows that Lebron James is coming for his record of all time points in the NBA with King James James on 37,062 points, while Abdul-Jabbar retired with 38,387. For Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, his legacy as one of the greatest of all time continues to be somewhat lost in time. Abdul-Jabbar retired in 1989 before Michael Jordan won his first championship in 1991. Jordan retired before LeBron James’s career ever began in 2003. With basketball changing drastically over the years since Abdul-Jabbar’s retirement, his records continue to fall.
In many ways, Abdul-Jabbar’s journey with the Lakers mirrors James’. LeBron is trying to drag this young team into the postseason much as Abdul-Jabbar tried to do with his early Lakers teams. He missed out on the playoffs in his first season in Los Angeles because the Lakers hadn’t yet put enough talent around him to make it. James joined a similarly incomplete roster.
Abdul-Jabbar finally made it back to the NBA Finals when the Lakers lucked into Magic Johnson with a draft pick acquired years earlier, while the Lakers hope that an offseason coup of a similar superstar might do the same for James. While the GOAT committee may not reveal the answer to the question, one player is pushing for it, and Kareem knows its Leborn.