Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: LeBron James ‘Should Be Embarrassed’ by ‘Some of the Things He’s Done’

NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has warned current Los Angeles Laker LeBron James that “he should be embarrassed” by “some of the things he’s done.”

“Some of the things he’s done and said are really beneath him, as far as I can see,” Abdul-Jabbar said Sunday.

“Some of the great things that he’s done, he’s standing on both sides of the fence almost, you know?

“It makes it hard for me to accept that when he’s committed himself to a different take on everything.

“It’s hard to figure out where he’s standing.

“You’ve got to check him out every time.

“Absolutely, I have a higher expectation for him because he understands the issues and spoken to them quite forcefully and eloquently.

“I think he has so much going for him in terms of respect and accomplishment and he shouldn’t stoop to those moments.

“If he would take the time to know me, I definitely got the time.

“I admire the things that he’s done that have gotten all our attention.

“Sending a whole school to college? Wow.

“That’s amazing.

“His thoughtfulness and willingness to back it up with his wallet, you got to give him credit for that.

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“So I’m not throwing stones. I just wish he wouldn’t — you know, some of the things he’s done, he should be embarrassed about.

“That’s just where I’m coming from.

“I’m all for him doing it.

“There’s no envy there. Just — with the issues I was talking about, things that really affect the black community, he should be careful.

“That’s all I’m asking.”

This isn’t the first time that the former Laker has taken a shot at James, however.

“For me, winning is enough,” Abdul-Jabbar said, in early December.

“Why do you need to do a stupid, childish dance and disrespect the other team on the court?

“It doesn’t make sense. GOATs don’t dance.”

James said earlier:

“I don’t have a response to Kareem at all.

“And if you saw the post and you read the tag, you’re literally, honestly asking, ‘Help me out?’ Help me kind of figure it all out.

“We’re all trying to figure this pandemic out.”

Lakers teammate Carmelo Anthony said:

“In our community, we need those tough conversations, we need those uncomfortable conversations.

“So if Kareem wants to sit down and talk, if Bron want to sit down and talk, I think that’s a conversation that needs to be had.

“I don’t think we need Kareem lashing out at Bron, and you haven’t seen Bron say anything about Kareem.

“I think that would be a powerful conversation,” Carmelo said.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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