Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Smashing Pumpkins Promo Is Almost Clever

Adam LazarusSenior Analyst IJune 29, 2011

I get it—when the pumpkin hits the floor after Kareem's dunk, it's a pumpkin that has been smashed...Kareem was just smashing a pumpkin! 

It's a ready-made endorsement for Smashing Pumpkins' new album, Oceania.

But I can't help but feel that someone got pretty lazy with this promo.

For one, considering how many millions both Kareem and the band have made over the years, couldn't they have gotten a healthier-looking pumpkin?

That sad little gourd looks like a Jack-O-Lantern that is still sitting on someone's front porch in early December, six weeks after Halloween.

Second, why only ONE pumpkin? Isn't the name of the group Smashing Pumpkins, as in plural? Kareem just dunks one: Maybe he should tell us to check out the new Smashing Pumpkins album.

And remember: This is still Kareem Abdul-Jabbar—a 7'2'' center, the leading scorer in NBA history. Couldn't he have dunked two pumpkins back-to-back or even at the same time?

Maybe they should have gotten Blake Griffin instead. 

And that's another issue I have with this video: Why Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? What's the connection there, aside from the fact that both Kareem and Billy Corgan have the bald-head look?

Kareem doesn't exactly stand out as an alt-rock, mid-1990s spokesman. Maybe he's a big fan of the group, and that's why he landed this gig.

Still, I feel like there were more appropriate candidates out there. Dennis Rodman? He was quintessentially 1990s and certainly "alternative."

Or maybe someone who looked a little more alt-rocker. Maybe Chris Kayman or even Dirk Nowitzki.

Either way, it seems like a strange mix to put Kareem with the Smashing Pumpkins. But so did Kareem in Airplane!, Kareem on Full House, Kareem on 21 Jump Street, Kareem on Diff'rent Strokes etc., etc., etc.

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