Byron Scott Ranks Kareem Abdul-Jabbar As Greatest Laker Of All Time
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Once Kobe Bryant finally calls it a career in the NBA, the debate about who is the greatest Los Angeles Laker of all-time will kick into high gear.

Three players in team history seem to be in contention for the distinction as the franchise’s best with Bryant, Magic Johnson, and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the running.

Before Friday’s matchup with the Dallas Mavericks, head coach Byron Scott, who played with all three players mentioned, chimed in on the debate. Coach Scott chose to go with Kareem, via Mark Medina of the Los Angeles Daily News:

All three of these Lakers legends won five NBA titles in Los Angeles. Bryant will soon join Abdul-Jabbar and Johnson in the Hall of Fame and will have played 20 seasons with the franchise. A strong case can be made for each one of them to be dubbed the greatest player to dawn the purple and gold, but it all boils down to which era someone has witnessed or been a part of.

Fans that have grown up with or watched the Lakers over the past two decades would more than likely side with Kobe as being the greatest Lakers of all time. Lakers fans that watched the Showtime era may be torn between Kareem or Magic.

It’ll be interesting to see what the narrative will be at the end of Kobe’s career. Bryant has done so much for this organization and has gone through both the good and the bad while defining his own era of Lakers Basketball.

please fire him. he really doesnt have a grasp on reality

  • Neither of those three. Jerry West is the greatest Laker of all time. Not only did he lead the Lakers to 9 Finals in the 60s, but he also engineered the Showtime era and Shaq-Kobe era as an executive as well.

  • Neither of those three. Jerry West is the greatest Laker of all time. Not only did he lead the Lakers to 9 Finals in the 60s, but he also engineered the Showtime era and Shaq-Kobe era as an executive as well.

  • My personal list:
    1) Magic
    2) Kareem
    3) Wilt
    4) Jerry West/Kobe

    I’ve always been a big fan of Magic so I’m probably a little biased towards him, but he made everyone better. That’s a rare talent.

  • My personal list:
    1) Magic
    2) Kareem
    3) Wilt
    4) Jerry West/Kobe

    I’ve always been a big fan of Magic so I’m probably a little biased towards him, but he made everyone better. That’s a rare talent.

  • When we make lists it really strikes home how many great players the LAL have had over the years.

  • When we make lists it really strikes home how many great players the LAL have had over the years.

  • When all is said and done, Robert Sacre will be remembered as the greatest of them all.

  • When all is said and done, Robert Sacre will be remembered as the greatest of them all.

  • I Concur….or Agree……but with some differences….Kobe,Magic,Kareem,Shaq,West.

  • I know, right? Seriously, if you were to make an all-time Lakers team to take on anyone, you could probably do a full 15 man team and still have to cut people. As it is, for just about every position you’d have so many options that it’s hard to pick who would even start.

  • I know, right? Seriously, if you were to make an all-time Lakers team to take on anyone, you could probably do a full 15 man team and still have to cut people. As it is, for just about every position you’d have so many options that it’s hard to pick who would even start.

  • Magic, Kobe, West/Elgin, Worthy, Kareem- Greatest Laker starting five?

  • Magic, Kobe, West/Elgin, Worthy, Kareem- Greatest Laker starting five?

  • People tend to not give Jabbar his due in par to his earlier personality along with position played. But the facts speak for themselves:

    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 1995[1]

    6-time NBA champion: 1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988

    10 NBA Finals appearances: 1971, 1974, 1980, 1982-1985, 1987-1989

    6-time NBA Most Valuable Player: 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980[2]

    2-time scoring champion: 1971, 1972[3]

    1-time rebounding leader: 1976

    4-time blocks leader: 1975-1976, 1979-1980

    1-time field goal percentage leader: 1977

    19-time NBA All-Star: 1970-1977, 1979-1989[4]

    Selected, but did not play due to personal reasons in 1973.

    2-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player: 1971, 1985[5]

    15-time All-NBA selection:

    First Team: 1971-1974, 1976-1977, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1986[6][7]

    Second Team: 1970, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1985[6][7]

    11-time All-Defensive selection:

    First Team: 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1981[8][9]

    Second Team: 1970, 1971, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1984[8][9]

    NBA All-Rookie selection:

    First Team: 1970[10][11]

    NBA Rookie of the Year: 1970[12]

    6-time The Sporting News Most Valuable Player: 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980

    Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year: 1985

    Ranked #7 by SLAM Magazine’s Top 50 Players of All-time[13]

    Selected in 1996 as one of the “50 Greatest Players in NBA History”

    Selected in 1996 as member of one of the “Top 10 Teams in NBA History”

    1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers (65–17; .793)

    A statue of Abdul-Jabbar was unveiled in front of Staples Center on Chick Hearn Court in Los Angeles on November 16, 2012.

    College[edit]

    National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (2007)

    Three-time NCAA champion (1967, 1968, 1969)

    Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Tournament (1967, 1968, 1969)

    Player of the Year (1967, 1969)

    Three-time First Team All-American (1967, 1968, 1969)

    Naismith College Player of the Year (1969)

    3× First-team All-Pac-8 (1967–1969)

  • People tend to not give Jabbar his due in par to his earlier personality along with position played. But the facts speak for themselves:

    Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame Class of 1995[1]

    6-time NBA champion: 1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988

    10 NBA Finals appearances: 1971, 1974, 1980, 1982-1985, 1987-1989

    6-time NBA Most Valuable Player: 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980[2]

    2-time scoring champion: 1971, 1972[3]

    1-time rebounding leader: 1976

    4-time blocks leader: 1975-1976, 1979-1980

    1-time field goal percentage leader: 1977

    19-time NBA All-Star: 1970-1977, 1979-1989[4]

    Selected, but did not play due to personal reasons in 1973.

    2-time NBA Finals Most Valuable Player: 1971, 1985[5]

    15-time All-NBA selection:

    First Team: 1971-1974, 1976-1977, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1986[6][7]

    Second Team: 1970, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1985[6][7]

    11-time All-Defensive selection:

    First Team: 1974, 1975, 1979, 1980, 1981[8][9]

    Second Team: 1970, 1971, 1976, 1977, 1978, 1984[8][9]

    NBA All-Rookie selection:

    First Team: 1970[10][11]

    NBA Rookie of the Year: 1970[12]

    6-time The Sporting News Most Valuable Player: 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980

    Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year: 1985

    Ranked #7 by SLAM Magazine’s Top 50 Players of All-time[13]

    Selected in 1996 as one of the “50 Greatest Players in NBA History”

    Selected in 1996 as member of one of the “Top 10 Teams in NBA History”

    1986-87 Los Angeles Lakers (65–17; .793)

    A statue of Abdul-Jabbar was unveiled in front of Staples Center on Chick Hearn Court in Los Angeles on November 16, 2012.

    College[edit]

    National Collegiate Basketball Hall of Fame (2007)

    Three-time NCAA champion (1967, 1968, 1969)

    Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Tournament (1967, 1968, 1969)

    Player of the Year (1967, 1969)

    Three-time First Team All-American (1967, 1968, 1969)

    Naismith College Player of the Year (1969)

    3× First-team All-Pac-8 (1967–1969)

  • Kareem (just)
    Kobe/Magic 1a/1b interchangeably
    Worthy
    Shaq (would’ve ranked higher had he retired a Laker)
    Elgin/West.

  • Kareem (just)
    Kobe/Magic 1a/1b interchangeably
    Worthy
    Shaq (would’ve ranked higher had he retired a Laker)
    Elgin/West.

  • I won’t put one over the other amongst these three Laker superstar legends. I love them all!

    IMHO, they’re all equally great. Each one had uniquely given us a lot to remember them for. I’m perfectly fine with whoever wind up in history books as the greatest Laker ever!

  • I won’t put one over the other amongst these three Laker superstar legends. I love them all!

    IMHO, they’re all equally great. Each one had uniquely given us a lot to remember them for. I’m perfectly fine with whoever wind up in history books as (arguably) the greatest Laker ever!

  • Kareem- 5 titles Kobe- 5 titles (tied)
    Kareem- 38,387 Kobe- 32,600 edge (Kareem)

    Kareem- 14 years as a Laker
    Kobe Bryant- 20 years as a Laker. edge (Kobe)

    Kareem has the same amount of NBA titles, and scoring points doesnt make a huge difference……..
    Being Kareem was 1st a Milwakee Buck for nearly 7 years.
    So to me it comes down to who was a Laker longer?

    Who fought more battles in OUR Lakers jersey.
    The answer is fast and easy.
    Its simple its Kobe hes the greatest Laker of all time.
    20 years >14 years

    End of story people…..
    Winner Kobe Bean Bryant.

  • Kareem- 5 titles Kobe- 5 titles (tied)
    Kareem- 38,387 Kobe- 32,600 edge (Kareem)

    Kareem- 14 years as a Laker
    Kobe Bryant- 20 years as a Laker. edge (Kobe)

    Kareem has the same amount of NBA titles, and scoring points doesnt make a huge difference……..
    Being Kareem was 1st a Milwakee Buck for nearly 7 years.
    So to me it comes down to who was a Laker longer?

    Who fought more battles in OUR Lakers jersey.
    The answer is fast and easy.
    Its simple its Kobe hes the greatest Laker of all time.
    20 years >14 years

    End of story people…..
    Winner Kobe Bean Bryant.

  • magic and west have already called Kobe the greatest Laker ever.
    Kareem is the only 1 thinking hes better.

    Kareem played nearly 7 as a Buck. Not a Laker.
    Dont get it twisted……….

  • magic and west have already called Kobe the greatest Laker ever.
    Kareem is the only 1 thinking hes better.

    Kareem played nearly 7 as a Buck. Not a Laker.
    Dont get it twisted……….

  • see NBA basketball reference and look at Kareem’s point totals.
    His best years were as a Buck.
    his 1st 3 years he killed it.
    Thing is for them 1st 6 or 7 years he wasnt even a Laker.
    Cmon now…..
    That makes a HUGE difference when saying “greatest Laker ever”
    Magic yes West maybe but Kareem? no.
    Maybe best Buck ever?

  • see NBA basketball reference and look at Kareem’s point totals.
    His best years were as a Buck.
    his 1st 3 years he killed it.
    Thing is for them 1st 6 or 7 years he wasnt even a Laker.
    Cmon now…..
    That makes a HUGE difference when saying “greatest Laker ever”
    Magic yes West maybe but Kareem? no.
    Maybe best Buck ever?

  • SHaq i love him but he cant be the best Laker ever not over West either.
    SHaq’s career was Magic then lakers then miami then the suns then cleveland then boston.
    Shaq played for our rivals the celtics!
    cmon now he cant be in our top 5.
    maybe 10 no higher…..

  • SHaq i love him but he cant be the best Laker ever not over West either.
    SHaq’s career was Magic then lakers then miami then the suns then cleveland then boston.
    Shaq played for our rivals the celtics!
    cmon now he cant be in our top 5.
    maybe 10 no higher…..

  • Kobe Bryant is the greatest Laker of all time. It’s not even close anymore.

  • Dana his first 6 or 7 years were as a Buck.
    So if hes not a Laker then how should he count?
    14 a Laker 6 a Buck.
    Kobe has done 20 as a Laker.

  • Kobe Bryant is the greatest Laker of all time. It’s not even close anymore.

  • Dana his first 6 or 7 years were as a Buck.
    So if hes not a Laker then how should he count?
    14 a Laker 6 a Buck.
    Kobe has done 20 as a Laker.

  • I hope 1 day we will be sitting here fighting over….
    Is Julius Randle the greatest Laker ever?
    Or is it Jordan Clarkson?
    the future is bright indeed Laker fans keep your heads up.

  • I hope 1 day we will be sitting here fighting over….
    Is Julius Randle the greatest Laker ever?
    Or is it Jordan Clarkson?
    the future is bright indeed Laker fans keep your heads up.

  • Wilt’s not even in the conversation, Shaq has a better resume as a Laker. This isn’t a question of the greatest player to play for the Lakers, it’s who’s the greatest Laker. Wilt was past his prime when he joined the team and only played for Los Angeles 5 seasons. I’m not going to waste time on listing all the reasons West, Kobe and Magic were more valuable to the franchise over a prolonged period of time.

  • Wilt’s not even in the conversation, Shaq has a better resume as a Laker. This isn’t a question of the greatest player to play for the Lakers, it’s who’s the greatest Laker. Wilt was past his prime when he joined the team and only played for Los Angeles 5 seasons. I’m not going to waste time on listing all the reasons West, Kobe and Magic were more valuable to the franchise over a prolonged period of time.

  • I can respect your opinion Dana. 🙂
    You know what i think Magic would have been the GOAT had he not retired.
    Magic would have played into the late 90s and challenged Michael Jordan.
    Heck Magic’s last year as a Laker in 1991 he had his highest assist number 989.
    Some guys like MJ Kareem had high scoring point totals early on in their career.
    Magic had his best in 1992 not 1979.
    I know he played in 1996 but that was a farewell to the NBA which he deserved.
    I still consider Magic top 5 GOAT even with his shortened career.
    Im not just a Kobe fan i mourn the loss of his career it saddens me to know what could have been.
    The same way i feel about Kobe&Shaq breaking apart.
    It makes you sad you know? Your heart hurts.
    You invest everything in it or nothing. Thats how a true fan is.

  • I can respect your opinion Dana. 🙂
    You know what i think Magic would have been the GOAT had he not retired.
    Magic would have played into the late 90s and challenged Michael Jordan.
    Heck Magic’s last year as a Laker in 1991 he had his highest assist number 989.
    Some guys like MJ Kareem had high scoring point totals early on in their career.
    Magic had his best in 1992 not 1979.
    I know he played in 1996 but that was a farewell to the NBA which he deserved.
    I still consider Magic top 5 GOAT even with his shortened career.
    Im not just a Kobe fan i mourn the loss of his career it saddens me to know what could have been.
    The same way i feel about Kobe&Shaq breaking apart.
    It makes you sad you know? Your heart hurts.
    You invest everything in it or nothing. Thats how a true fan is.

  • but yall forgot Magic…he racks up those assist and can play all positions……tho the top 3 is clearly Kobe,KAJ and Magic(in any order imho)

  • but yall forgot Magic…he racks up those assist and can play all positions……tho the top 3 is clearly Kobe,KAJ and Magic(in any order imho)

  • problem is that bigs can score easier roaming around the paint, we can argue that they have some weaknesses too(dribbling,shooting,etc)

    Im sure is that KAJ,Kobe and MAgic is the top 3 Laker of all time any order
    In NBA ALL TIME, it is clearly Laker top 3 + MJ+ Larry

  • problem is that bigs can score easier roaming around the paint, we can argue that they have some weaknesses too(dribbling,shooting,etc)

    Im sure is that KAJ,Kobe and MAgic is the top 3 Laker of all time any order
    In NBA ALL TIME, it is clearly Laker top 3 + MJ+ Larry

  • 3 on 3?
    now this is the fantasy stuff i want to see man!
    not fan duel or whatever….
    what kind of losers plays in a fantasy world?
    when you get the answer lemme kno!

  • 3 on 3?
    now this is the fantasy stuff i want to see man!
    not fan duel or whatever….
    what kind of losers plays in a fantasy world?
    when you get the answer lemme kno!

  • next time im in a big stat war with someone can i please call you on the phone for numbers? lol

  • next time im in a big stat war with someone can i please call you on the phone for numbers? lol

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  • Jabbar did more than just score points. He average 4+ assists 9 times in his career and was a shut down defender.

    I will give the nod to greatest LAKER of all time to the lifers, however, and that’s Magic/Logo and, as soon as he retires, Kobe.

  • Jabbar did more than just score points. He average 4+ assists 9 times in his career and was a shut down defender.

    I will give the nod to greatest LAKER of all time to the lifers, however, and that’s Magic/Logo and, as soon as he retires, Kobe.

  • After having watched “Minority of One”, WoW.

    I have a better understanding of an Awesome Person, who played BB, and played for our Beloved LAL – Instrumental in 5 LAL Titles, dominated the 80’s.

    Kareem’s Greatness off the Court, rounds out this Incredible Human – who just so happened played for Lakers.

  • After having watched “Minority of One”, WoW.

    I have a better understanding of an Awesome Person, who played BB, and played for our Beloved LAL – Instrumental in 5 LAL Titles, dominated the 80’s.

    Kareem’s Greatness off the Court, rounds out this Incredible Human – who just so happened played for Lakers.

  • Nah, I’m the last guy you want in a stats war. I know Kareem’s basic achievements by memory but all the finer details was a simple Google, copy, and paste. 😀

  • Nah, I’m the last guy you want in a stats war. I know Kareem’s basic achievements by memory but all the finer details was a simple Google, copy, and paste. 😀

  • MJ enjoyed the privilege of a lot of guys who perenially kicked his rear end year in, year out winding down and retiring (at least in his earlier championship runs). I agree, had Magic been around (and Magic himself regrets that he retired when he did, stating that if he knew then what he knows now about the virus he wouldn’t have as it’d been safe to do so), he would’ve challenged MJ more.

    As it is, if the Lakers weren’t injured that Finals, who knows, maybe Jordan goes 5-6 in the Finals.

  • MJ enjoyed the privilege of a lot of guys who perenially kicked his rear end year in, year out winding down and retiring (at least in his earlier championship runs). I agree, had Magic been around (and Magic himself regrets that he retired when he did, stating that if he knew then what he knows now about the virus he wouldn’t have as it’d been safe to do so), he would’ve challenged MJ more.

    As it is, if the Lakers weren’t injured that Finals, who knows, maybe Jordan goes 5-6 in the Finals.

  • Kareem won 5 championships with the Lakers though. He is also the NBA’s scoring leader and a 6 time MVP.

    He may not have played with the Lakers his whole career but he is the best player to ever play in LA. Facts.

  • Kareem won 5 championships with the Lakers though. He is also the NBA’s scoring leader and a 6 time MVP.

    He may not have played with the Lakers his whole career but he is the best player to ever play in LA. Facts.

  • Scott is not a great coach, but he is right. Kareem is the greatest player to wear a Laker Uniform.

  • Scott is not a great coach, but he is right. Kareem is the greatest player to wear a Laker Uniform.

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