UPDATE: Kareem attended tonight’s game, but had no comment about Memphis.
We know the Lakers moved to reduce Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s role as an assistant last month, but it appears he’s on the verge of moving to Memphis to work with the Grizzlies’ big men. Here’s a short story from the Memphis Commercial-Appeal’s Website:
“Legendary NBA center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sat in on the Grizzlies’ practice Monday morning. The NBA’s all-time leading scorer will entertain joining the organization, several sources confirmed. Grizzlies management had no comment about Abdul-Jabbar’s presence. Memphis, however, asked for and received permission from the Lakers to speak with Abdul-Jabbar.
“Abdul-Jabbar, 62, is under contract with the Lakers after having tutored Andrew Bynum over the past several seasons. But the Los Angeles Daily News reported earlier this month that Abdul-Jabbar’s interaction with Bynum would decrease and he’d take a lesser role with the Lakers this season.
“The Griz have three centers — two of whom are considered projects — who could benefit from Abdul-Jabbar’s knowledge and experience. Marc Gasol, Hamed Haddadi and rookie Hasheem Thabeet met Abdul-Jabbar for dinner Sunday night.”