Hall Of Fame NBA center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has been heralded as one of the greatest players in the league’s history, but the 65-year-old is also a best-selling author with deep insights on American culture.
Abdul-Jabbar focused those insights, along with pointed criticism, on HBO’s award-winning show “Girls,” in a column for “Huffington Post” on Thursday.
For one thing, the six-time NBA MVP not only watches the show, but provided thought-provoking critiques of its subject matter, particularly how they handle young women in the 21st century and how black characters are portrayed.
Lena Dunham, the creator, star, and often-times director, responded to criticism, saying that many of her critics were older and could not understand the current generation.
A point Abdul-Jabbar contested with statistics, citing a story by “Vulture,” that shows men in their 50s are a huge part of the “Girls” audience.
He focused on the mostly white world in which the show’s character’s live, their “awkward” sex lives, along with how self-involved they can be.
Such profound TV knowledge might surprise basketball fans, but Abdul-Jabbar showed his chops with sharp references to the classic sitcom "Seinfeld."
Abdul-Jabbar also suggested Dunham could be a better scribe when it comes to male characters, a wicked irony considering the show’s title.
You can read Abdul-Jabbar’s entire column here.
It was his first article for Huffington Post since 2010. Abdul-Jabbar was a more frequent contributor in 2008, during President Barack Obama’s first national campaign.