Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ruined his chances of coaching an NBA team due to his lack of interpersonal skills

The greatest player to ever grace the NBA is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, beyond Bill Russell or even Michael Jordan. One of the many good reasons is his invention and subsequent perfection of the skyhook shot. Throughout NBA history, no other player has been able to invent a shot as effective and lethal as Kareem Abdul Jabbar. Moreover, he scored more points (38,387) than Karl Malones (36,928) and Michael Jordan (32,292). Abdul-Jabbar showed interest in coaching in 1995, though his chances were limited despite his accomplishments. So why was he denied a head coaching job in the NBA?

How the assistant coach landed his first head coaching job

Los Angeles Lakers assistant coach Kareem Abdul-Jabbar during a game against the New York Nicks at Madison Square Garden

Assistant Coach Kareem Abdul-Jabbar | MATT CAMPBELL/AFP via Getty Images

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joined the Los Angeles Clippers in February 2002 as an assistant coach. He was tasked with coaching and motivating players and, most importantly, assisting Clipper seven-foot center Michael Olowokandi. At the time, he was under interim coach Jim Todd.

Leave a Reply