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February 23, 2000 | By Frank Fitzpatrick, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
Like much else in a world he has always towered over, the job seems beneath Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Serene and cerebral, Abdul-Jabbar was more often than not a champion - six years in the NBA, three years in college, all four years at New York's Power Memorial High School. The NBA's all-time scoring leader, he performed with a regal grace befitting the purple-and-gold Los Angeles Lakers uniform that he wore for most his Hall of Fame career. So it was jarring on Monday afternoon at Madison Square Garden to see Abdul-Jabbar sitting alongside the nameless head coach of the nameless Los Angeles Clippers, trying to act as unobtrusively as a 7-foot-2 assistant coach possibly could.
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July 13, 1994 | By Frank Lawlor, INQUIRER STAFF WRITER
The man who has scored more points than anyone else in NBA history does not merely share a cautious, party-line optimism about the potential greatness of Shawn Bradley. After one week's worth of private training with the 7-foot-6 center of the 76ers, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gushes. "He can be a prolific scorer," the former Los Angeles Lakers icon said yesterday at a news briefing. "I mean, unstoppable. Period. When he gets to the point where he can handle the rough play inside, nobody will be able to stop him. Nobody.
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April 7, 1990 | By Mike Capuzzo, Inquirer Staff Writer
The giant strolls into the bookstore in goliath steps, covering astonishing distance. His head floats high above the tall bookshelves, above even the wooden signs that say "Fiction" and "Mysteries" and "Literature. " As usual, the little people are staring and gasping. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is wearing blue jeans, inseam 40-something, L.A. Gear sneakers (size 17) and a maroon cashmere jacket that his buddy Jack Nicholson gave him, with the word History elegantly stitched on the back.
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May 26, 1987 | Daily News Wire Services
Los Angeles Lakers general manager Jerry West planned to meet today with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's attorney to continue negotiations for a new two-year contract, The Los Angeles Times reported yesterday. The newspaper said that Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's oldest player at age 40, might be considering signing for another two seasons despite his talk of retirement following the 1987-88 season. The Times, quoting sources with the team, said the Lakers were attempting to negotiate a deferred compensation deal with Abdul-Jabbar that could run across some roadblocks since NBA rules stipulate that teams only can defer 30 percent of a player's contract.
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December 30, 1997 | Daily News Wire Services
Don Nelson calculated the odds, then tried the oddest of strategies - fouling Dennis Rodman as often as possible instead of letting Michael Jordan shoot jumpers. Rodman, a 39 percent foul shooter this season, ruined the coach's plan, making nine of 12 free throws in an 11-point, 27-rebound, eight-assist game, and Jordan had 41 points for his NBA record-tying 787th consecutive double-digit scoring game as the Chicago Bulls defeated the visiting Dallas Mavericks, 111-105, last night.
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January 16, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
LeBron James needs 18 points to become the 38th NBA player to score 20,000 in his career. If it happens Wednesday when the Miami Heat visit the Golden State Warriors, James (28 years, 17 days) will be more than a year younger than Kobe Bryant was when he got there at 29 years, 122 days. James would be the seventh-fastest to the 20,000 club, in his 726th regular-season game. Wilt Chamberlain needed 499 games, followed by Michael Jordan (620), Oscar Robertson (671), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (684)
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July 15, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
EVERYONE, IT SEEMS, has an opinion on LeBron James' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. One of the more interesting perspectives comes from former NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who shared his thoughts in an 800-word column on Time.com. Writes Jabbar: "In his essay in Sports Illustrated about his return to play for Cleveland, LeBron James announced, 'I'm coming home.' And, while his very personal and emotional explanation will resonate with many, others will find it disingenuous and self-serving.
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June 13, 1988 | By Jere Longman, Inquirer Staff Writer
In 1985, when the Lakers finally vanquished Boston in the NBA Finals, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had both hair and the ability to dominate a game. Three years later, he has neither. Not that his greatness isn't assured. This is his unprecedented 17th appearance in the playoffs. He holds a catalogue of postseason records, from points to personal fouls. And he remains a majestic symbol of grace and longevity. But he is 41 now. And his skills are being heisted by that cat burglar called age. His expectations are more modest now. Instead of controlling entire games, Abdul-Jabbar tries to control parts of games.
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December 17, 1991 | Daily News Wire Services
Starting at center for the Rockford Lightning . . . Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? Why not, says Tom Kayser, general manager of the Continental Basketball Association franchise. Kayser put in a bid yesterday for the services of the retired NBA great, the NBA's all-time scoring leader, who retired following the 1988-89 season but said he is thinking of returning to basketball as a way to help raise money for Magic Johnson's newly established AIDS Research Fund. Kayser said he had contacted Lakers general manager Jerry West about the possibility of Abdul-Jabbar's playing for the CBA team before he attempts to rejoin the Lakers.
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February 24, 1986 | By PHIL JASNER, Daily News Sports Writer
The milestones slip into his life now, creating new levels of satisfaction, but, at least for the time being, mostly grist for the hungry media waves. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar simply treads softly through it, holding up his end. Yesterday, in the midst of the Los Angeles Lakers' 117-111 victory over the 76ers, the 38-year-old center (he will be 39 on April 16) played in his record-breaking 1,304th regular season NBA game, one more than the retired Elvin Hayes. He expanded his all-time record scoring total to 34,563 points, reached double figures for a record 672nd time and scored 20 or more for the 40th time this season, the 10th time in a row. Won't he ever stop?
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June 7, 2015 | By Ed Rendell, Daily News Sports Columnist
THE NBA FINALS began Thursday night with the Golden State Warriors winning a thriller in overtime over LeBron James and the Cleveland Cavaliers. The Finals can often be incredibly memorizing and a great spectacle. As I watched Steph Curry and the Warriors battle King James, my thoughts drifted back to the last two times the 76ers played in the NBA Finals: 1983 and 2001. The excitement throughout the region was palpable. The city paid rapt attention to every game, every play, every triumph, and every loss.
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March 27, 2015
SELDOM HAS a man with so much to say been so reluctant to say it. For years, the overriding narrative concerning Kareem Abdul-Jabbar focused less on his Ruthian career and more on his Sphinxian existence. It went like this: Abdul-Jabbar's aloof nature as a player alienated him to peers, teammates, coaches and the press. That alienation grew into resentment and distrust, a dynamic that disqualified Abdul-Jabbar from candidacy when coaching opportunities arose. All of which makes perfect sense . . . except, as it turns out, he has plenty to say. Most recently, he has been saying it with original fiction.
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July 15, 2014 | BY TOM MAHON, Daily News Staff Writer mahont@phillynews.com
EVERYONE, IT SEEMS, has an opinion on LeBron James' return to the Cleveland Cavaliers. One of the more interesting perspectives comes from former NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, who shared his thoughts in an 800-word column on Time.com. Writes Jabbar: "In his essay in Sports Illustrated about his return to play for Cleveland, LeBron James announced, 'I'm coming home.' And, while his very personal and emotional explanation will resonate with many, others will find it disingenuous and self-serving.
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February 9, 2014 | By Mike Sielski, Inquirer Columnist
Usually, the regular-season game that the Los Angeles Lakers play in Philadelphia each season evolves into a self-guided tour of Kobe Bryant's past, a 24-hour episode of "This is Your Life" in which Bryant is the host, the guest, and the studio audience. He stops by all his old haunts around Lower Merion, remembering a suburban upbringing that always belied the street-kid ferocity with which he has played basketball, and he makes a point of visiting with his high school coach, Gregg Downer.
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May 16, 2013
Former Penn State QB Matt McGloin tweeted Wednesday that he had signed a three-year deal with the Oakland Raiders. McGloin, who went from walk-on to full-time starter with the Nittany Lions, was not selected in last month's NFL draft. He worked out for the Washington Redskins and the Carolina Panthers before landing with Oakland. The Raiders also signed free-agent kick returner Josh Cribbs to a one-year contract. The 30-year-old has eight kickoff returns for touchdowns, tied with the New England Patriots' Leon Washington for the most in NFL history.
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April 19, 2013 | BY MARK PERNER, Daily News Staff Writer pernerm@phillynews.com
Who can ever forget 42-15-7? It's not a winning lottery number, especially if you're a fan of the Philadelphia 76ers. Those are the numbers posted by 20-year-old Magic Johnson - 42 points, 15 rebounds, seven assists - in Game 6 of the 1980 NBA Finals. It is one of the greatest performances in Finals history. It was a game the Sixers figured they would win. With Kareem Abdul-Jabbar back in Los Angeles nursing a severely sprained ankle, it was a slam dunk. The Sixers, down 3-2 in the series, would be headed back to LA for Game 7. They figured it was a foregone conclusion.
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March 28, 2013 | Daily News Wire Reports
SHAKA SMART and VCU have agreed in principle to a deal to keep the coach at the school. Athletic director Ed McLaughlin says the details are still being finalized, but the majority of changes involve "program enhancements for the student-athletes and coaches. " McLaughlin says it also extends a contract already scheduled to run through 2020. Smart's record is 111-37 in 4 years, the sixth-most wins in the country over that stretch. Since guiding VCU to the Final Four in 2011, Smart's name has been among the first mentioned whenever a high-profile job opens up. With spots at places such as UCLA, Southern Cal and Minnesota, McLaughlin says VCU wanted to give him a new deal to be proactive.
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February 20, 2013 | Associated Press
Jerry Buss built a glittering life at the intersection of sports and Hollywood. After growing up in poverty in Wyoming, he earned success in academia, aerospace and real estate before discovering his favorite vocation when he bought the Los Angeles Lakers in 1979. While Mr. Buss wrote the checks and fostered partnerships with two generations of basketball greats, the Lakers won 10 NBA titles and became a glamorous worldwide brand. Lakers games became a nightly happening, often defined by just one word coined by Mr. Buss: Showtime.
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January 16, 2013 | The Inquirer Staff
LeBron James needs 18 points to become the 38th NBA player to score 20,000 in his career. If it happens Wednesday when the Miami Heat visit the Golden State Warriors, James (28 years, 17 days) will be more than a year younger than Kobe Bryant was when he got there at 29 years, 122 days. James would be the seventh-fastest to the 20,000 club, in his 726th regular-season game. Wilt Chamberlain needed 499 games, followed by Michael Jordan (620), Oscar Robertson (671), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (684)
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October 21, 2011 | By Sally A. Downey, Inquirer Staff Writer
Gerard T. "Jerry" Bannan, 76, of West Chester, an electrician and former NBA referee, died of a brain disease Thursday, Oct. 13, at Neighborhood Hospice in West Chester. As a union electrician for 50 years, Mr. Bannan worked for several local companies, including Pangeourne Electric, whose clients included West Chester University, and Kehoe Electric in West Chester, whose clients included the Franklin Mint. He was with the Chester County facilities department for two years before retiring in 1998.
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