Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, ladies and gentleman! Firing out the gates like Secretariat after being hit with some horse growth hormone! Zero to 60 so fast that there should have been a graphic at the bottom of the screen warning the viewers to beware of whiplash. Who would have thought that the soft spoken former Lakers great was going to show up to a war of words with a flame thrower? Donald Trump burn level....
That joke was so topical, so relevant, and so potentially - yet unlikely - true that I don't even care that it's been scripted for months. I don't care that he's been working on his delivery in the mirror for the last few weeks. I don't even care that Kareem undoubtedly tested it out on about 50 of his closest friends and family members. If you had to bet your net worth on it, would you say that Donald Trump could tell the difference between Michael Jordan and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar? I know I wouldn't, and for me it's not even a race thing. Donald Trump thought referencing Joe Paterno like he was still alive in Pittsburgh would get applause. He thought a Tom Brady name drop was going to get a standing O in Maryland of all places. Either out of sheer ignorance or purely for shock value, Donald Trump's sports knowledge is about as cloudy as his views on pretty much anything that has to do with politics. Surely he has a good idea of what the most popular basketball player of all time looks like but all a good joke needs is a hint of truth, and if you held up a picture of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in front of Donald Trump you wouldn't be completely shocked if he called him Michael Jordan. Mostly because it would fit seamlessly with everything else he's said and done on the campaign trail.
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