Cap's Corner - 3/08/10

Cap's Corner by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

How Kareem views Lakers current front line compared to Kareem-Worthy-Rambis-MT or other great front lines Kareem was a part of or played against.

In light of the Bynum-Gasol-Odom-Artest front line of the Lakers, there has been some talk of the great front lines in NBA history.  We were curious for how Kareem viewed this bunch (still working on the accolades relative to other of course) compared to Kareem-Worthy-Rambis-MT or the '86 Celtics or other great front lines Kareem was a part of or played against.

I think the front line of Bill Russell, Tommy Heinson and Satch Sanders would have to be my favorite because their team won 8 consecutive championships. I think the front line of myself, James Worthy and Jamal Wilkes was also one of the best of all time.  The current front line of the Lakers is probably the best in the league right now. Ron Artest and Pau Gasol and Andrew Bynum are a formidable defensive group and they also take care of business playing at the offensive end. Their have been many other front lines that have been successful in the regular season but making it into the Playoffs and doing well in the Playoffs should be the criteria for any group of players.

Kareem's thoughts on Kobe potentially passing him on the all-time scoring list.

We'd like to hear what he has to say about Kobe potentially passing him on the all-time scoring list. Kobe has talked as if he has no interest in retiring anytime soon, and it's within reason that he'd pass Kareem. Kareem could also discuss Kobe's passing Jerry West.

As the primary scorer of the Lakers during his time w the team I think Kobe has done a remarkable job carrying that load. Every night he steps on the court the opponent has devised their defensive strategy to first and foremost try and diminish his effect on the game. Kobe has consistently overcome that challenge. If he continues to be the first choice for the Lakers offense and he can maintain the pace he has kept so far, he might very well pass my all time scoring record. Considering the factors of the teammates that he has to share the ball with and the amount of the scoring burden he is expected to bear, we will have a better idea if he can break my all time scoring record. In addition an injury could greatly effect the amount of time that he could play but he has been blessed so far with a relatively injury free career. Staying healthy and injury free has much to do with fate as anything else.

Kareem's thoughts on other Lakers getting involved in acting (Pau Gasol in CSI, Jordan Farmar in Numbers, and Luke Walton in Soap Opera) and his experience as an actor?

A little off basketball, but what does Kareem think of Pau Gasol doing CSI, Farmar doing Numbers or Luke doing a soap opera (that was a while ago though). He has one of the most famous extended cameos in a movie ever ... What does he think of players doing acting and what did he think of his experiences?  Does he enjoy seeing other Lakers get involved?

I first acted in a school play when I was in 6th grade and I enjoyed and always felt from that point on that if I ever had the opportunity to act I would take advantage of it. I think my first role after graduating from UCLA was in the tv shot Mannix. I had also been in Laugh In and made one or two appearances on the tonight show w Johnny Carson. So ever since the time since athletes like Woody Strode and Jim Brown started appearing in movies I felt that there was a possibility that I might follow in their footsteps. Because of that I am  not surprised that Jordan or Luke or any other prominent athlete would try to expand into acting, if they get the opportunity.