General manager Rob Pelinka called the discussion "illuminating."
Abdul-Jabbar has long been an activist for racial and social justice dating back to his college days and playing career, which included 14 seasons and five NBA titles with the Lakers. He also spent six years with the Milwaukee Bucks, adding one more championship.
He has been especially vocal in recent weeks following the killing of George Floyd in Minneapolis police custody, supporting protests calling for an end to systemic racism and police brutality:
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“The President has his agenda, it has nothing to do with reality,” says NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar about President Trump’s criticism of protests during the national anthem. “[Colin Kaepernick] was dealing with the very issue that ended up taking George Floyd’s life.” https://t.co/qsebDvK2OC
"African Americans have been living in a burning building for many years, choking on the smoke as the flames burn closer and closer," he wrote in an op-ed for the Los Angeles Times. "Racism in America is like dust in the air. It seems invisible—even if you're choking on it—until you let the sun in. Then you see it's everywhere."
Several current Lakers players have also used their platform to try to instigate change on these issues.
LeBron James has not only brought attention to issues on social media, he also created the More Than a Vote organization to help protect voting rights. Avery Bradley helped lead a coalition of players pushing for more social justice reform before opting out of playing in the restarted season in Orlando.
"As promised also, I will use this time away to focus on the formation of projects to help strengthen my communities," Bradley said, via Adrian Wojnarowski of ESPN.
The discussion with Abdul-Jabbar could help Lakers players use their platforms and increase their impact off of the court.