Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tells Jimmy Kimmel he wants to coach UCLA


This is anything but a slam-dunk. Heck, it’s not even a sky hook.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar wants to be the next UCLA basketball coach.


The former Bruins star, appearing on “Jimmy Kimmel Live” on Tuesday night, said, “I would certainly be interested in being the coach of the team. It would be great to have the opportunity to restore the program to what it was. Not necessarily in terms of winning, but having the guys get their degrees and learn about the game of basketball.”

Abdul-Jabbar has a better chance of riding the winner in the Kentucky Derby. But make your case, Kareem.


“UCLA is still putting out fine scholars, but the basketball program has suffered a little bit,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “To restore that part of the tradition would be great.”

Note to Abdul-Jabbar: UCLA Coach Ben Howland said Monday that every player who stayed for four years received his degree.

Stick to diving.




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