A Few Moments With a Lakers Legend: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

December 9th, 2009 by Paul Peszko Leave a reply »
The sky was overcast and the weather damp and chilly.  The threat of rain had been in the air all morning.  Yet it could not dampen the enthusiasm of the fans that had begun lining up outside the Best Buy store in Atwater, CA at 1 a.m. 

Many were decked out in Lakers gear.  Some wore the familiar number 33.

They were there to have their photos taken with a Lakers’ legend, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the all-time NBA leading scorer, at an event sponsored by Windows 7.  Some were too young to have seen Abdul-Jabbar in action.  But when you are in the presence of a six-time MVP and perennial NBA All-Star, age does not matter.

One young man dressed in a Lakers’ warm-up outfit, when asked if he had ever seen Abdul-Jabbar play, responded, “No, I didn’t have the chance.  But it should be a good day though.”

That was how most of these fans felt.  Despite the chill in the air, it was a good day as long as they could have their photo taken with one of the greatest players in the storied history of the NBA.

When Abdul-Jabbar arrived, he looked as trim and athletic as he did on the basketball court some 20 years ago.  Like ...

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