posted on Feb, 22 2004 @ 07:45 AM
The Knicks are looking to the NBA's all-time leading scorer for assistance. The legendary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has joined the Knicks in an advisory
Head coach Lenny Wilkens said the 19-time All-Star will initially do some scouting, but his duties could be expanded down the road.
"I told the young players, the guy has got a wealth of knowledge -- don't be afraid to ask him questions," Wilkens told the Newark Star-Ledger.
"And he feels good to share it with them. I think they were all in awe of him. How can you not be in awe with all he's accomplished?"
Isiah is trying to pull together the right people, and he thought maybe I could help," Abdul-Jabbar told Newsday. Abdul-Jabbar also said he hopes
the move is permanent.
Abdul-Jabbar, 56, has not worked full-time in basketball since 2002, when he coached the Oklahoma Storm of the USBL. He did some tutoring for the
Pacers and Isiah Thomas, now the Knicks' general manager, last season. Previously, he had served as an assistant with the Clippers for five months in
"I just think as a player, people tried to cast me in a certain light, and it's very difficult for them to see me in any other light," Abdul-Jabbar
told the Star-Ledger. "They kind of think I'm difficult or incommunicative. That's not the case. And I'm here to prove it."