By By Marc StaalPosted Apr 13, 2018 09:59:04The most famous sports statue in the world is a marble one from the 1936 Los Angeles Lakers championship team.
But the Lakers star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s life and death have been a topic of discussion in the NBA for more than a century.
The Lakers legend died in February 2018 at the age of 85.
Kareem Abdul and his son Jamal are best known for playing on the 1970s Lakers team, which included Kareem’s cousin, Kareem.
Now, in 2018, Abdul-Babar has his own statue built to his son’s memory in Los Angeles.
The statue is being built by artist Marc Staala, who has previously worked on the Los Angeles Dodgers’ and Los Angeles Clippers’ logos.
He said he chose the statue because he wanted to honor the legend and the legacy he leaves behind.
“KareEM is the inspiration for me,” Staala said.
“He had a legacy.
He was a basketball player.
He had a huge influence on all of us.”
The Shaq, Shaq II, Shaquille O’Neal, Shaqs family, Kareems brother, and others will all be on the ground, on the pedestal and at the foot of the statue.
The Shaqs will be in attendance.
The statue will feature his name and number on its base.
Karen Shuey, a professor at USC’s School of Architecture, told ABC News that she and Staala are excited about the project.
“We wanted to put it in Los Feliz because it is such a special neighborhood,” she said.
“It was a community that was growing up around Kareem, and now he is gone, and so that is where we wanted to bring it here.”