Sunday, February 26, 2012

Player Appearance: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Laker legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar made an appearance this past Thursday at the ESPN Zone at LA Live. He was there signing his new children's book "What Color Is My World?". Kareem was scheduled to sign from 7:00-8:30. He was only signing the book and no outside memorabilia.

I arrived at the Zone with my buddy Tom at around 5:00, and we were shocked to find out that there was only one person in line. Harry from Eye On LA Sports was the man at the front of the line. The three of us were the only people there for a while, then a few people started trickling in. 

By the time 7:00 rolled around, there were only about 30 people in line. I was surprised considering Kareem is one of the greatest basketball players ever, but I know that people won't show up if the athlete isn't signing anything but the book. I didn't care, I just wanted the sig, even if it was in a children's book. 

Kareem started signing around 7:15 and the Zone staff reminded us that there was no posed photography and no outside memorabilia to be signed. When I got to the table, I shook the Captain's gigantic hand and told him I was a huge fan. He signed my book and I moved on. It was an easy auto.

Thanks to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and the ESPN Zone for a wonderful event.