It doesn’t exactly take Sherlock Holmes to figure out that Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the Ball family wouldn’t exactly be a great match.
The NBA’s all-time leading scorer is as old school as you get. After all, the only reason Jabbar — then known as Lew Alcindor —only won three NCAA titles with UCLA is because freshman weren’t eligible to play.
That’s how old school we’re talking.
So when LiAngelo Ball showed up at UCLA recently driving a Ferrari, the hall of famer’s reaction was predictable.
“This is disgusting.” Jabbar said on “The Herd With Colin Cowherd.” “I don’t like that. It sets a bad precedent for what the school is supposed to be about, what our basketball program is supposed to be about.”
And we’ll go on a limb to say he’d prefer the old Chuck Taylors to the ZO2 basketball shoes.
Jabbar was surprisingly understanding, however, of Ball’s recent arrest with two teammates for shoplifting in China.
“I don’t know the kids, but I do know that kids 18 or 19 years old usually don’t make good decisions,” Jabbar said.
But he was upset the kids made their bad decision while representing UCLA.
“It also stained my legacy, so I was offended by it,” Jabbar said. “I didn’t like seeing the program associated with shoplifting.”
To his credit, Jabbar says the players deserve a second chance.
“I think they deserve a chance to redeem themselves, but they have to redeem themselves,” he explained. “It’s not gonna just be words. They have to go out and prove it, go to class, show some character. That’s what I would like to see.”
Jabbar shared the story of a former teammate who coach John Wooden kicked off the team for being involved with “some shady stuff,” but worked his way back to the team.
There was a one self-incriminating tidbit the 70-year old center shared. While at UCLA, famed booster Sam Gilbert, Jabbar said, scalped the player’s season tickets, and gave him the money.
That information comes at the beginning of this clip.
— Herd w/Colin Cowherd (@TheHerd) November 22, 2017
The three players arrested in China have been suspended by the university indefinitely. UCLA has not announced when, or if, Ball and his teammates will be allowed to play this season.
In the meantime, at least we know Ball has a nice ride to and from campus.
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