Los Angeles Lakers roundup: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tours Boston Celtics, Lakers star shares Naomi Osaka, more

The Los Angeles Lakers are constantly making airwaves. Despite approaching the end of the season, the Lakers remain a hot topic of discussion, especially after their turbulent campaign.

Headlines often include star trio LeBron James, Anthony Davis and Russell Westbrook. Several talking points so far have been about appointing Darvin Hamm as head coach. However, in this round, former Lakers star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is also making the cut.

With that, here’s the latest Los Angeles Lakers roundup brought to you by Sportskeeda on June 23, 2022.


Los Angeles Lakers, LeBron James team up with Naomi Osaka to launch a media company

Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns
Los Angeles Lakers vs Phoenix Suns

LeBron James made waves this week after deciding to join forces with Naomi Osaka to create a new media company called Hana Kuma. The star is known for venturing into the media with the company SpringHill, which he launched with Maverick Carter.

James will now partner with former world number one Naomi Osaka to tell stories that transcend cultural barriers. SpringHill will act as Hana Kuma’s financing, operations and production partner.


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar touring the Boston Celtics in the 1985 NBA Finals

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's reaction after being introduced as part of the NBA's 75th Anniversary Team.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s reaction after being introduced as part of the NBA’s 75th Anniversary Team.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar couldn’t help but flirt with the Boston Celtics in his latest “Tonight Show” appearance with Jimmy Fallon. The center was asked about the best topping sausage. The hero responded six times by saying:

“The 1985 Celtics tears when they lost to the Los Angeles Lakers in the finals.”

The Lakers beat the Celtics in the 1985 NBA Finals in six games. Karim averaged 25.7 points and 9.0 rebounds while shooting 60.0%.

Arguably his best performance in the series came in Game 5 as the quarterback dropped 36 points along with 7 rebounds and 7 assists. He fired 57.0% from the field. He also had 3 blocks at night.


Shaquille O’Neal wanted Ben Sharif to stay in college

Shaq and his son at a basketball game.
Shaq and his son at a basketball game.

Former Los Angeles Lakers star Shaquille O’Neal wanted his son, Sheriff O’Neal, to stay in college. Sheriff O’Neill is currently working with a handful of teams before the draft and has talked about how he disagreed with his father about it.

“We’re kind of talking about this process,” Sharif said. “He wanted me to stay in school. I wanted to improve myself through this. He knows I’m working with teams.”

NEW STORY: Sheriff O’Neill wore a Lakers training jersey Tuesday as part of a pre-workout, just as his father had worn for decades. But it wasn’t a big family moment. “He didn’t want me to do this,” Sharif said of Shakeel. es.pn/3OawB2Y


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