Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is auctioning off his championship rings and MVP trophies for charity: "When it comes to choosing between storing a championship ring or trophy in a room, or providing kids with an opportunity to change their lives, the choice is pretty simple. Sell it all."
[–]Cavaliers SuperLurker1337 4717 points 7 hours ago
Kareem is good people
[–][CLE] LeBron James BeogarBalken 289 points 8 hours ago
Good guy Kareem.
[–]Raptors IanicRR 694 points 6 hours ago
I’m glad he’s showing this side of him. He had a reputation for being a huge asshole during his playing days (being an outspoken black man in that era did him no favours) and now he’s getting the chance to show that he’s really just a thoughtful and introspective dude.
[–]LARGE_EYEBROWS 494 points 5 hours ago*
That was a reason. This was at the time when Ali refused to serve in Vietnam and the Mexico Olympics raised fists on the medal stand. The black power movement, and the black muslims. This stuff seems like old history now, but it was a tense time, and these guys were speaking for a people and had a lot of weight on their shoulders. Like the guys now, except without the same level of support.
Edit: On top of all of this, recall he was a 20 something kid with microphones in his face. Hard to know what you are supposed to say I'm sure.
[–]DOGH4NDS 52 points 5 hours ago
Outspoken black man AND devout Muslim. Those titles put a target on his back and the media drooled over the possibility of him slipping up. He was unapologetic and a polarizing American figure. Basketball’s Muhammad Ali.
[–]Pistons rblaze09 62 points 5 hours ago
did they really get much support back then?
[–]76ers PhiladelphiaFish 41 points 5 hours ago
Plenty, but not as much as today obviously. Doesn't belittle their actions at all tho, it's hard to stand up for anything, let alone civil rights.
[–]Runt Monkey 174 points 5 hours ago
He's saying the guys back then didn't get the same support but had the same (I would say heavier) burdens.
[–]Casual_OCD 74 points 4 hours ago
Their "burdens" were harder for sure. Civil Rights was still in it's infancy
[–]Nuphonenunamenumetal 92 points 4 hours ago
Civil Rights is still in its infancy
[–][OKC] Steven Adams Ramzaa_ 50 points 5 hours ago
Im gonna hop on here to say. If anyone hasn't, read some of the articles hes writen. Hes a great writer/journalist. Really shows a different side of him that what the media portrayed him to be back in the day.
[–]Pelicans DowntownDeaux 841 points 8 hours ago
2nd Greatest player of all time and barely gets mentioned for it. He did way more than what Kaep didn't but doesn't get nearly the same praise.
鹈鹕球迷：史上第二伟大的球员，却很少有人提及。他当年的付出比科林-卡佩尼克（黑人NFL 球员，2016 年 8 月，当时还在旧金山 49 人打球的卡佩尼克因为有感于美国社会频发歧视有色人种特别是黑人的事件，故多次选择在比赛前奏美国国歌的时候坐在板凳上，以抗议美国警察的暴力执法和种族歧视。在此之后，他又在多场比赛前奏国歌的时候，选择通过 “单膝下跪” 的方式继续表达自己的抗议）多得多，可是却连像样的赞许都没有。
[–][DAL] Dirk Nowitzki Mysteriagant 158 points 6 hours ago
Why shit on Kaepernick?
[–]Lakers On_Adderall 128 points 6 hours ago
This is r/nba. Most people here can only communicate through shit talk and hot takes.
[–]Lakers dbadefense1990 7 points 5 hours ago
I find it saddening how Kareem usually isn't in the conversation of NBA GOAT players as Jordan, LeBron, Magic, Bird and Russell.
[–][BRK] Caris LeVert paniledu 736 points 7 hours ago*
Kareem and Ali are on the Rushmore for top level athletes who sacrificed for social justice.
[–]Celtics reefevora 140 points 5 hours ago
How you gonna forget Jackie Robinson like that
[–]NBA kentuckiaki 63 points 5 hours ago
Do you even Rushmore? There's room for more dudes up on that peice.
[–]Bulls Tankwagonshiteymate 12 points 5 hours ago
Mount Rushmore has 4 faces my dude
[–][OKC] Steven Adams Ramzaa_ 18 points 5 hours ago
Bill Russell too
[–]Celtics Mexter-Dorgan 10 points 5 hours ago
pretty sure Bill Russell was on the stage with MLK during the "I Have a Dream" speech.
[–][HOU] Patrick Beverley speedofsound1 1189 points 7 hours ago
Kareem’s attitude and thoughtfulness continues to impress me
[–]PentobarbitalandCoke 14 points 5 hours ago
Kareem means generous in Arabic.
[–][LAL] Lamar Odom LakersFan15 174 points 6 hours ago
It's crazy bc it wasn't always like that. He was a known asshole who alienated others. Hence why he never got a coaching job.
Times have changed!
[–]Knicksteamorange3 268 points 5 hours ago
Not really. On a personal level he has always been kind of a jerk and difficult to work with but from a worldview perspective he has always had strong morals.
[–]kaisunc 113 points 5 hours ago
[–]Big__Baby__Jesus 16 points 4 hours ago
Kareem is an introvert who read books in the locker room before games. He wasn't there to make friends or rally the fans. He was there to win games and win championships.
And the best players are always terrible coaches.
[–][MIL] Jabari Parker superdago 9 points 3 hours ago
I’m trying to think of an all time great that ended up a great coach and I’m coming up with pretty much just Zidane. It seems role players tend to make the best coaches.
[–][MIN] Kevin Garnett Starfreeze 8 points 2 hours ago
Johan Cruyff dude come on. He's better than Zidane on both fronts.
[–]Bulls DrSwol 71 points 7 hours ago
Win-win. Some fan gets a cool piece of history, and economically disadvantaged kids get to learn about science, technology, and engineering.
[–]Nuggets AmazingYak9 30 points 7 hours ago
I would never sell something like that. An MVP trophy awarded to me is way more valuable to me than it is to anybody else.
I wouldn't pay $100 for somebody else's MVP trophy, but you'd have to offer $100M to buy my MVP trophy from me.
[–]mooviemen1215 39 points 6 hours ago
The guys 71 years old, he prob felt the same way as you or even more when he was younger. He's prob lost that sentimental value after so long
[–]Seems Plausible 1429 points 6 hours ago
Can you fuckin imagine having Kareem’s MVP trophy sitting in your display case
[–]Clippers uziair 53 points 6 hours ago
going to be best paperweight in your house.
[–]Mavericks nomnomnompizza 12 points 4 hours ago
Hopefully the Lakers would buy it and put it on display
[–]silentstorm480 607 points 5 hours ago
feverishly checks banking account SHIIIIIIIIIIIT
[–]Trudeaus_Eyebrows 278 points 5 hours ago
I can do 3.50
[–]Bulls thepobv 147 points 5 hours ago
$3.51... I also make some pretty freaking good garlic bread if Kareem is interested in that.
[–]PM_ME_FAV_RECIPES 62 points 4 hours ago
[–]Bulls thepobv 104 points 4 hours ago
kind of a secret but it since I like the /r/nba I'm willing to share that it involves garlic, and bread.
[–]PM_ME_FAV_RECIPES 34 points 4 hours ago
Son of a bitch..
[–]Warriors borntoperform 47 points 7 hours ago
He's a better man than me. I'd want to keep those things for life. They're priceless family heirlooms. Material, yes, but heirlooms.
[–][MIA] Hassan Whiteside Chowrock 538 points 7 hours ago
Someone start a GoFundMe and buy it! Then return it to him!
[–]Celtics FromAshyToClassy 16 points 6 hours ago
Why aren't you starting it?
[–][MIA] Hassan Whiteside Chowrock 104 points 6 hours ago
I'm not trust worthy.
[–]Celtics FromAshyToClassy 31 points 6 hours ago
I like the honesty
[–]Suns jkof300 26 points 6 hours ago
Some russian player did this (wasnt for charity) and the buyer returned it. Pretty sure it was money laundering
[–]Thunder GundDownDegenerate 327 points 6 hours ago
But what if he puts it back up for sale?
[–]chiefsfan_713_08 591 points 6 hours ago
Cycle continues, more money for charity?
[–]Spurs barlicgread 33 points 6 hours ago
[–][CHA] Kemba Walkermultiple4 99 points 7 hours ago
Ok this is awesome, BUT I just wanna be that guy. Doesn't he already have plenty of money so why doesn't he just keep the rings and trophies since they are nostalgic and once in a lifetime reminders of something you dedicated most of your life to? Like he could just donate to charity separately right? Or find something else to sell. Idk it just seems like a thing he's gonna regret not being able to pass down through his family and look back on it. Like one day he's gonna walk into the room where he keeps this stuff and be like "oh shit why did I sell that?"
[–]dahomie_longstroke 84 points 6 hours ago
He doesn't have as much money as you would think. The "top" tier money that he earned in the 70's and 80's is as much as a 12th man makes nowadays.
he barely has any revenue off commercials/media-related ventures.
Crazy that he went head to head versus Wilt and his wisdom isn't pursued too hard at all. He's like Master Roshi IRL
[–]Pistons royziboy 42 points 6 hours ago
He does have a lot of outside money though, he was in ads long after his career was over and he's written dozens of books.
[–][CHA] Kemba Walker multiple4 14 points 6 hours ago
His net worth is $20 million though. I'd assume he has $10-15 million of that invested which means he is making $200-300k per year just off dividends not counting other income he has from books or endorsements. So he could easily donate out of his pocket.
But I mean if he just decided he didn't want the rings anymore that's his choice. Just not something most people in that situation would do I don't think
[–]Raptors HexxyPoppy 36 points 6 hours ago
One thing about Islam is that they are taught to not be to attached to materialistic things since it won’t really matter once you are dead. So I guess it’s easy for him to decide that.
[–]Raptors BoyWhoSoldTheWorld 17 points 5 hours ago
I used to think I'd never sell either, but really he'll always be a champion. The rings are just physical reminders of an undeniable truth.
At the end of the day, walking by a picture of you and your teammates winning it all, probably tickles the same emotional memories of victory.
[–]Bulls scottishere 24 points 6 hours ago
I really hope an organisation or something buys the stuff, so it can be displayed and appreciated.
Would feel wrong if some Millionaire bought it all and just had it in his own personal collection.