2. Kareem’s Hook Shot Makes Way to Los Angeles
Mar 3, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA; Mar 3, 2014; Milwaukee, WI, USA;Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
, the leading scorer in Milwaukee Bucks and NBA history, waves to fans during game against the Utah Jazz at BMO Harris Bradley Center. Mandatory Credit: Benny Sieu-USA TODAY Sports
Following the end of an era with Wilt Chamberlain manning the post for the Los Angeles Lakers they were in dire need of a new big man to carry the club to glory. If it weren’t for the Milwaukee Bucks and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar butting heads then who knows whether or not Abdul-Jabbar would have had as great of a career or not as he did with the Lakers.
The Milwaukee Bucks received Junior Bridgeman, Dave Meyers, Elmore Smith, and Brian Winters in exchange for Abdul-Jabbar. I suppose you could say that this trade swung well in the Lakers favor. Abdul-Jabbar would eventually make 13 all-star appearances as a member of the Lakers (six with the Bucks), won two of his five MVPs with Los Angeles, and was a member of five championship teams with the Lakers all while becoming the NBA all-time leading scorer.