Philadelphia Inquirer: Whoever thought the day would come when Kareem Abdul-Jabbar would no longer have a place in his game?
Abdul-Jabbar has been trying to land an NBA coaching position, either as an assistant or a head coach. But he has yet to find someone willing to give him a shot at the job.
Though no one denies Abdul-Jabbar's stellar credentials, some observers point to his temperament and history of aloofness as the reason so many teams have snubbed him. Real Sports, in collaboration with Sports Illustrated, also talks to Abdul-Jabbar, who says he is baffled by the apparent freeze-out.
Hall of Famer Jerry West says: "I played against him. I coached him. At times I thought I knew him. Other times I had no idea who the heck he was."
Orlando Magic vice president Pat Williams: "Can we work with him? Can we get along with him? What kind of guy is he going to be? Kareem remains an incredible mystery to people."
The one chance Abdul-Jabbar ever got to coach in the NBA came midway through the 2000 season, when he was brought in by the Los Angeles Clippers to work with young center Michael Olowokandi. The experiment was less than a smashing success.
"Michael Olowokandi did not feel he needed to learn anything from me," Abdul-Jabbar says. "Learning how to do a simple thing like set a pick. He just wasn't interested in listening to what I had to say."
Do yall think he would be a good coach?