Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to the Memphis Grizzlies?
According to reports, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is entertaining offers from the Memphis Grizzlies to join their coaching staff and help train their centers.
Abdul-Jabbar though is under contract with the Los Angeles Lakers after having tutored Andrew Bynum over the past several seasons. But the L.A. Daily News reported earlier that Abdul-Jabbar’s interaction with Bynum has decreased and he would take a lesser role with the Lakers this season. Both sides are trying to iron out a working arrangement.
Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. He attended the Grizzlies’ practice last October 25. He also met with the Grizzlies players and management. Grizzlies team officials had no comment regarding his presence but did ask for and receive permission from the Lakers to speak with him.
The Griz have three centers — two of whom are considered projects — who could benefit from Abdul-Jabbar’s knowledge and experience. The players are Marc Gasol, Hamed Haddadi and rookie Hasheem Thabeet.
“It’s a matter of how much time Kareem will give to us,” Grizzlies team owner Michael Heisley said. “We’re trying to come to an understanding of how Kareem will work. I want to make sure we’re getting somebody who will give attention to these kids and help them. He’s got a lot of commitments.”
The 62-year-old is credited with teaching Bynum’s post skills and footwork. Bynum grew into one of the brightest young centers in the NBA. Former Griz Pau Gasol also benefited from Abdul-Jabbar’s influence while with the Lakers.