Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar discusses the Harlem Rens and his missing statue in front of the Lakers stadium. (5:17)

>> HEY, EVERYBODY, WELCOME

BACK, MY GUEST TONIGHT IS AN

NBA LEGEND WHO HAS A NEW

DOCUMENTARY ABOUT THE

GREATEST BASKETBALL TEAM

YOU'VE NEVER HEARD OF.

WOW, A DOCUMENTARY ON THE

MEMPHIS GRIZZLIES, PLEASE

WELCOME KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

WHOOO, WHOOO!

KAREEM, HOW'S IT GOING.

>> GREAT.

>> Stephen: SALEM MALAKUM MY

BROTHER.

HOW ARE YOU.

>> I NEED TO KNOW SOMETHING

RIGHT AWAY.

WHAT DID YOU DO TO CENTRAL

PARK, MAN?

>> Stephen: WE-- I GOT SOME

EARTH MOVING EQUIPMENT OUT

THERE LAST WEEKEND.

WE DUG A HUGE TRENCH AND-- I

HAVE NOT TOLD THE MAYOR YET.

YEAH, IT'S STILL LOVELY.

>> OKAY.

>> Stephen: STILL LOVELY.

NOW LAST TIME YOU WERE ON

THE SHOW WAS ALMOST THREE

YEARS AGO.

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: BECAUSE THERE

WAS SOME REPORTED NAZI GOLD

IN GERMANY.

AND I ASKED FOR YOUR HELP

GETTING THE NAZI GOLD.

I CAN SEE THAT JIM.

>> WOULD YOU BE WILLING TO

GO TO GERMANY TO GET THIS

GOLD?

>> WELL, WAIT A MINUTE.

DON'T YOU MEAN NAZI GOLD?

>> Stephen: -- PICK ON THOSE

NAZIS.

SO NOW YOU'RE BACK, NOW

YOU'RE BACK WITH A

DOCUMENTARY ON THE SHOULDERS

OF GIANTS.

HOW DID YOU PAY FOR THIS

MOVIE, KAREEM?

SHOULD IT BE WITH NAZI GOLD?

>> SECRET CONTRIBUTIONS.

>> Stephen: TELL ME ABOUT ON

THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS.

IT IS A DOCUMENTARY ABOUT,

AS YOU SAY, THE GREATEST

BASKETBALL TEAM YOU'VE NEVER

HEARD OF.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: WHO WERE THEY.

>> THE HARLEM REDS.

THEY PLAYED AT DANCE HALLS

IN HARLEM UP ON 7th AVENUE

AND 1389th STREET.

>> Stephen: THEY PLAYED AT A

DANCE HALL.

>> YES.

IT WASN'T VERY BIG BUT IT

HAD ENOUGH ROOM FOR THEM TO

PLAY BASKETBALL.

THEY WOULD BRING PORTABLE

BASKETS OUT AND PLAY BEFORE

THEY HAD A DANCE.

>> Stephen: THAT IS NOT HOW

I PICTURE A PROFESSIONAL

BASKETBALL.

SWEETEN DORSMENT DEALS,

PRIVATE JETS?

>> NO, NONE OF THAT.

THEY HAD A DEAL WITH THE

OWNER OF THE DANCE HALL TO

CHANGE THEIR NAMES TO THE

RENS BECAUSE THERE WAS THE

RENAISSANCE CASINO AND

BALLROOM.

>> Stephen: THAT IS WHERE

THEY PLAYED WAS THE

RENAISSANCE.

>> YES.

>> Stephen: WAS THIS DURING

THE HARLEM RENAISSANCE.

>> YES, IT WAS.

>> Stephen: DID THESE GUYS

PLAY JAZZ?

>> DID THESE GUYS BECOME THE

UTAH JAZZ IS WHAT I AM

ASKING?

>> NO.

>> Stephen: .

>> THEY WOULD PLAY THE GAMES

AND THEN A JAZZ BAND WOULD

PLAY AFTER THE GAMES.

SO LIKE WHEN THE GAME WAS

OVER PEOPLE WOULD COME AND

SEE THE GAME.

THEN WHEN THE GAME WAS OVER,

THEY WOULD HAVE CAB CALLOWAY

UNTIL 3 A.M..

>> Stephen: REALLY?

>> YEAH.

>> Stephen: IS THERE ANY

RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN

BASKETBALL AND JAZZ?

IS THERE ANY CROSS-CULTURAL

CROSS-CULTURALLIZATION

THERE?

>> YES, YES, THERE IS.

>> Stephen: REALLY, HOW DOES

JAZZ INFLUENCE BASKETBALL,

INSTEAD OF TRASH TALKING DO

YOU JUST SKAT AS YOU DRIVE

THE LANE.

>> WELL, YOU SKAT WHEN YOU

GET THE BALL.

EVERYBODY GETS A SOLO WHEN

THEY GET THE BALL AND GET A

CHANCE TO SHOOT, THAT'S

THEIR OPPORTUNITY FOR A

SOLO.

AND THEN PEOPLE HAVE TO

PROVIDE A FOUNDATION FOR

THAT, YOU KNOW.

SO PEOPLE HAVE TO REBOUND

AND PLAY DEFENSE SO THAT THE

GUYS THAT SOLO CAN DO THEIR

THING.

>> Stephen: SO YOU, BY THOSE

LIGHTS YOU WERE ONE OF THE

GREATEST JAZZ MUSICIANS OF

ALL TIME.

BECAUSE--

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: ARE YOU THE 6

TIME MVP, 19 TIME ALL-STAR,

NBA'S ALL TIME LEADING

SCORER, OVER 38,000 POINTS

LIFETIME.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: YOU POINTED OUT,

YOU POINTED OUT SOMETHING

RECENTLY, THERE IS NO STATUE

OF YOU IN FRONT OF THE

LAKERS STADIUM.

BOO!

>> Stephen: HEAR THOSE

PEOPLE.

>> I GUESS I'M A MISSING

PERSON, YOU KNOW?

>> Stephen: THERE IS A

STATUE OF IMAGINE ANYTHING

FRONT OF THE STADIUM.

>> IT BELONGS THERE.

>> Stephen: SURE IT DOES.

BUT YOU BELONG THERE TOO.

>> I THINK SO.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

>> Stephen: WHAT IF WE MADE

THE HEAD ON MAGIC STATUE

DETACHABLE--

(LAUGHTER)

>> Stephen: AND THEN ON

ALTERED DAYS WE SCREWED YOUR

HEAD ON, AND JACKED IT UP

ABOUT A FOOT.

>> I DON'T KNOW HOW THAT

WOULD GO ACROSS WITH THE

PEOPLE.

>> Stephen: DOW FEEL

SLIGHTED IN ANYWAY BY THAT.

>> A LITTLE BIT.

BUT KNOW, I'VE GOTTEN OVER

IT AND WE'VE HAD A LITTLE

BIT OF EXCHANGE WITH LAKER

MANAGEMENT.

THEY SAY THEY'RE GOING TO

DEAL WITH THE ISSUE.

>> Stephen: OKAY, IS THE

PROBLEM THAT THERE ISN'T

ENOUGH BRONZE IN THE WORLD

TO MAKE A STATUE YOUR SIZE.

YOU KNOW WHAT?

YOU KNOW WHAT WOULD MAKE A

NICE STATUE, NAZI GOLD.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

KAREEM, THANK YOU SO MUCH.

KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR!

THE DOCUMENTARY IS ON THE

SHOULDERS OF GIANTS.

NOW EXCLUSIVELY AVAILABLE TO

BE INSTANTLY STREAMED FROM

NETFLIX STARTING FRIDAY MAY

20th.

WE'LL BE RIGHT BACK.

(CHEERS AND APPLAUSE)

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