2.24: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on Chronicle Live
Abdul-Jabbar joins Greg Papa in studio to discuss his new movie, "On the Shoulders of Giants."
Had the king in studio of the NBA's all time leading scorer only six time that anything in the regular season are chronicle conversation subject tonight. We'll talk to a first of the film makers Kareem Abdul Jabbar has a good I think on the shoulders of Giants -- cream welcome in studio Greg Papa and welcome to chronic. Monica live in the Bay Area girl much less to be here had a chance to watch your film for the first time last night personal it is just beautiful the other way you filmed it in the music and everything must be very proud of your your effort. If I am I think something ours are good morning due for a long time and don't -- I don't -- it. Thought our views -- Gordon currently doing soon. Whenever. Just tell our audience about it the Harlem brands is a basketball team it to -- this is currently twentieth century America going back early in the twentieth century like nearly part of the nineteen -- to tell authorities about the story of the Harlem -- Hello I'm really were a product of great migration are. The fact that young black Americans had to leave the southern states that you get away from Jim Crow restrictions on a lot. -- -- starting probably 1910. Black Americans started to leave yourself in the Caribbean. To go to cities and -- looking for economic our opportunities and -- There's the possibility of getting away from Jim Crow laws that really restricted to a large and made it impossible for them to ever -- So long parliament at a bingo -- -- very. Special place for black Mercury Records so. People could go there and once they got their big couldn't do the things that they couldn't do himself -- that so many black Americans were able to shine at that point. Harm to this today the 1920s is known as suggesting here and that's -- -- -- character black culture idol and American culture and really don't change. Everything and don't black Americans at that point got to be seen as more than just field. The won loss record is staggering 2318. Victories -- is 300 and broad net losses the globetrotters I don't think they ever lose again they would like 111000 overall but obviously they're games or more. Stage tell our audience about the time they played. In 1939. The rans against the globetrotters. Well are the range of playing our game they've played and are committed -- at all yeah so little Harlem Renaissance casino and they use that name and who did the nineteen twice in thirty Dave became. The best team in the country but could not really. Proved it because. They couldn't play in any of the league's all league's integrity so -- -- told him work or school. And all the professional basketball league. But during world -- clearly on a superb -- and deserved -- Opportunity to compete. So far only 1939. There was a professional basketball tournament held in Chicago. That allowed all the best things to to play girl and -- all investing and rents and the globetrotters -- were invited. To brings me to globetrotters and semifinal. And then went -- play -- partial Thornton pulpit and beat them and become the very first professional championship of America. Her at that moment in 1939. The best basketball team honors the -- originally encouraging. Check -- Koreans film. Growing up in New York City -- born in 1947 -- when Jackie Robinson's breaking the color barrier Joe Louis was that. The king of the world what was it like for a young guy like yourself grown up and in new York at that -- -- Are totally great time are -- -- after Jackie played his first -- and -- neglecting. Our unborn or post your fifty players -- in April 15. Anger at -- especially our our big Brooklyn artist and living in New York living in Harlem he got to feel good. People who prominent black Americans walking the street I mean it was like. Superhero -- your neighborhood. -- special place at that time. An even though he were huge dodger fan and you are to this day either Lyonnais what is your guess -- -- -- walk he still walked on -- because all are human you Hughes just one Barkley great. Wonderful guy -- are always. Thanks student -- that he could go to the Dodgers together and it could put through a Duke Snider in in left field than them pick -- how. We're. You the best team ever. September Willie and didn't do look at -- -- -- failed to be -- and Rivera both of them that their pitching staff we are gonna -- the king and studio for three long segments gonna talk about your college career and your pro career but the tell me about the young Kareem Abdul -- you very shy guy growing up was it was a basketball. That that somehow brought you are your -- some degree -- I think current sports moralists who brought me out of -- Marshall. -- our big biffle -- fair and I want to play bridge well you are playing basketball. And that's hard. Got taller and taller than can be good thing to do but I still play baseball hired. You can pick to play the outfield look through recuperate before started. Playing our school wall and then you know what I got a high school. The best local school baseball coach and tell me I could come around and a UQ but I had to call on the pitching mound. Put at that point. Are a lot more interest in Sophia Loren and finished. Or do you commit to your alone -- a little -- You are in good health we were little worried about you physically even a little sluggish you're in good health status of the US between the two the world recently which I first turned that I. I kind of chuckled at all the people ever think it would probably naturally would be Kareem Abdul -- -- I was thinking. You were very shy as a player that you can't had a chance to interview you're the you're you know you're kind of kept yourself in the corner that Laker locker room did you get a -- was around during your career. It would have been a vehicle that you could -- effectively to communicate yourself. And what you feel through your words rather than having somebody stick a Mike in your face. -- probably weren't and are are certainly there are going to our college at a different time. He would have been different from evening with depressed. Well when I was in college that you kill a good a coach wooden. Told press that they couldn't talk to. And you know he kind of told him that. As more of an evil. Grin something that that we had to get used to especially flu going on to have a professional life as basketball players. So or because that you cross that background I was always room for improvement and talking to a person -- inner me question of people thought our. I didn't like people in there wasn't the case huge just took something that I was never familiar -- than it was. Uncomfortable with or long term mr. bad -- your a lot of thoughts and ideas to share with the world what they do wanna get your thoughts on has gone back to. 1968. We we are talking about race relations in this country Beckman -- the twentieth century -- and the -- -- -- when you boycotted the 1968. Olympic Games what what was your reaction from from Black America at that time and white America at that time for you -- I'm not gonna reject that represent my country that does not make -- -- everybody else here. Well -- I had a point to make along with the rest are guys that were involved in an on going. But could you never got to a point where are wanted to pulled -- America but I thought America -- Had to stand up with regard to -- -- treated black Americans of course are you they've picked unimpressive -- Harrington. But -- -- -- -- Quite. A very difficult time with the Vietnam War going on and so many. People. Trying to take. What someone would do like a fire going feelings they would say that I had a certain political. Approach. Or a certain political viewpoint that alone. Can necessarily reflect my my -- real thoughts and a feelings about things. And a lot of find out how John Wooden handled us when you went to UCLA coming up that later in your life but I do wanna start with a every everybody thinks CU with I think the most beautiful. Signature play in the history of American sport when -- think you know -- Roddick called a fist play. Magic sure and you look and you did this guy cook -- something you did go on back as early as the fifth grade you can get this guy look anywhere you called at DR Mike and drill. The doors Larkin drove it isn't about that there's a girl -- Q do. Stand right progress and shoot the ball backboard with -- very -- and it's something that George likened it to work on his footwork and his agility. And a one -- -- that -- got some kids that aren't used to help Mark Grace who coached. Culture I think they should he need to learn withdrawal IR has always been told in my court. Are gonna -- -- as opposed to kids and it cleared that it. And and he just could probably going to be -- sort of start working on it. And for the next four years that that's all I did all the time you know any time I had time I'd I'd go work on in my control. So volatile I got high school lose -- sharp with part and parcel of my game. And do it when I first started playing in the fourth grade. It was the only shot I could get off and that didn't get thrashed American military hero actually block your shot at beating Scott got a -- -- a -- older kids. They did never would mean with the kid might kill for him with the kids their role there. And of course they were more athletic here they're just strength and coordination that's always the best. Are like a young -- you don't have to -- -- -- -- while -- like like a newborn draft and an atmosphere that killer and it took me awhile to look. To bridge the gap. Are you figured it out when he went to power memorial this guy went Louis 79 and two during his high school career a 71 game winning streak we're just an -- -- what he would do. At UCLA when he won 88 in two and 13 NCAA championships in three years we are thrilled to joined studio by the one and Ali Karim Abdul --