The moment the Lakers unveil Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s statue Friday outside Staples Center plaza, the general public will see an image in bronze form that they saw take place to the delight of Lakers fans and the frustration of the team’s opponents. ”
“It’s me in a classic sky hook pose,” Abdul-Jabbar said in a phone interview with the Daily News. “It looks good.”
That’s hardly a surprise, but Abdul-Jabbar was more than happy in removing the element of surprise. He also added the statue depicts something else that made the Captain distinguishable.
“I think the goggles are on there,” Abdul-Jabbar said.
Abdul-Jabbar, who won five of his six NBA titles with the Showtime Lakers, visited with sculptors Omri Amrany and Julie Rottblatt Amrany “over the past couple of months.” He said they reached out him asking for input on his likeness during that time, a gesture Abdul-Jabbar lauded them for being “considered enough” in doing.
Of course, this image is hardly a surprise for anyone who saw Abdul-Jabbar eventually become the NBA’s all-time leading scorer.
“Because of the position I was able to achieve as the all-time scorer, that makes my shot iconic,” he said.
Still, Abdul-Jabbar believes seeing the statue beforehand won’t spoil seeing it on display with other Lakers statues, including Magic Johnson, Chick Hearn and Jerry West.
“It’s a great moment for me and a real honor to be acknowledged like that,” he said. I’m very thankful and really appreciative. It will be a nice thing to share with the fans and have some fun moments with it.”
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