I’m overjoyed that the Los Angeles Lakers recently unveiled a spectacular bronze statue of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the famed Staples Center in Los Angeles.
I’ve always considered this NBA Hall of Famer one of the top five professional basketball players to have played in the NBA. Throughout his greatness at UCLA, Milwaukee Bucks and the Lakers, I’ve always acknowledged this superstar athlete’s poise, grace, style, beauty, class and intelligence as characteristics that others may imitate, but never duplicate. He’s just that special someone who comes around every hundred years.
I’ve stood by the awesome 17-foot Earvin “Magic” Johnson statue at the Staples Center entrance. I consider it to be the eighth wonder of the world. When I return to Staples, I will be dwarfed by Mr. Jabbar’s magnificent statue that I will acknowledge as being the ninth wonder of the world. This will be an emotional moment for me.
I’ll assume that one day I’ll have the opportunity to be dwarfed by a statue of the 10th wonder of the world. I’m convinced that America knows who that super athlete is going to be.