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Kareem Giving Up on Coaching Dream?
Posted By HOOPSWORLD On September 25, 2013 @ 6:45 am In Headlines,NBA Headlines | No Comments
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the master of the skyhook and the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, appears to be ready to throw in the towel as it relates to his coaching career.
After lobbying for positions with organizations he knows quite well – like UCLA and the Milwaukee Bucks – Abdul-Jabbar said he was ready to “move on” and focus on his second career as a writer.
Abdul-Jabbar, 66, made no mystery of his desire to replace recently fired Ben Howland at UCLA, carrying out a media campaign to rally support. He was passed over for former Indiana star and veteran coach Steve Alford.
When the Bucks filled their coaching vacancy with Larry Drew, it seemed to signal the end of Abdul-Jabbar’s coaching hopes.
“It didn’t work out and that’s the way it goes,” Abdul-Jabbar said on Tuesday, speaking before an appearance at the Barnes & Noble on Fifth Avenue and 47th St. Wednesday. “I’m not going to ram my head against the wall. It’s time to move on. I’m not actively pursuing that,” Abdul-Jabbar said of looking for future coaching jobs. “Writing has been a nice thing for me. I’ve been pursuing that more so than anything else.”
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