Posted March 05, 2013

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would like to coach the Bucks

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar led the Bucks to the 1971 NBA Championship. (Mark Davis/Getty Images)

Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar led the Bucks to the NBA Championship in 1971. (Mark Davis/Getty Images)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would like to return to his first NBA franchise — the Milwaukee Bucks — as the team’s head coach.

Abdul-Jabbar isn’t campaigning for the job that’s currently held by Jim Boylan, but the Hall of Famer was honest when OnMilwaukee.com’s Dave Begel asked about his interest when the Bucks hold their next search for a head coach.

I asked him flat out if he would be willing to be the head coach of the Bucks.

“Of course,” he replied.

Jabbar — then a 7-2 center known as Lew Alcindor –  was the second-year Bucks’ No. 1 draft pick in 1969 and led the team to an NBA championship two years later. In 1975, Abdul-Jabbar pushed his way out of Milwaukee, forcing a trade to Los Angeles where he played 14 more seasons for the Lakers, winning five more championship rings and becoming the league’s all-time leading scorer.

But besides his reputation, what else would he bring to the Bucks?

“I know how to prepare for a season as an individual and I know what that means in terms of team commitment,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “I can get all the right people together that have some chemistry and care about each other and they love the game. That’s where teams are made or not made successful.

“That’s very hard for GM’s to figure out. They know talent when they see it. But that ability to connect with your teammates, that personal chemistry is a hard thing to see in people. I can help players learn how to develop that chemistry. We had Pete Newell out here (in Los Angeles) and he was a master at understanding the personal fire within each player. I’d be a coach who can provide respect and keep the guys on the same page for a whole season.”


2 comments
Kbrickner
Kbrickner

Jabbar or Alcindor could not leave Milwaukee fast enough to go to the Lakers, he did not like Milwaukee and that is his choice, he did win a championship with Milwaukee and the only one Milwaukee has to show for but i do not think if he did not like Milwaukee last time then the only thing he want to do in Milwaukee is audition for the Laker JOB.

SamKim
SamKim

Have u seen Jabbar on Jeopardy? I don't think he could win a teen tournament?