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Trivia Question

Postby MCT » Fri Jun 08, 2018 2:31 pm

When was the last point in time in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's career when he wasn't the oldest player on his team?
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Re: Trivia Question

Postby rlee » Fri Jun 08, 2018 3:39 pm

78-79: Lou Hudson?
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Re: Trivia Question

Postby MCT » Sat Jun 09, 2018 12:13 pm

Close - there was another player on the 1978-79 Lakers who was younger than Hudson but older than Abdul-Jabbar, who remained with the Lakers into the following season.
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Re: Trivia Question

Postby rlee » Sat Jun 09, 2018 4:30 pm

Ron Boone - 8 days older than me!
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Re: Trivia Question

Postby MCT » Sun Jun 10, 2018 12:06 am

Boone is correct. Boone started the 1979-80 season with the Lakers, but was traded to the Jazz six games into the season. Hudson was born in 1944, Boone in 1946, Abdul-Jabbar in 1947.

After that, Kareem was the oldest player on the Lakers for almost ten full seasons. The closest anyone came was Steve Mix, who was with the Lakers briefly at the end of the 1982-83 season. Mix is about eight months younger than Kareem (Kareem was born in April 1947, Mix in December 1947).

During Kareem's last few seasons in the NBA, his oldest teammate was more than seven years younger than he was (Mychal Thompson, who was born in January 1955).
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Re: Trivia Question

Postby Mike Goodman » Sun Jun 10, 2018 8:02 pm

If Kareem had come back for one more NBA season -- or even a half a season, just into 1990 -- he'd have played in 4 decades.

Another trivia item -- Kareem had more than half of his career playoff minutes after the age (33) that LeBron is now.
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Re: Trivia Question

Postby rlee » Mon Jun 11, 2018 4:02 pm

The 4 decades might be the ultimate in triviality. Love the implication that somehow it is more notable to play from say 1969-1991 than 1970-1993 (These are hypotheticals, not reflecting actual players' careers).
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Postby Mike Goodman » Mon Jun 11, 2018 7:32 pm

My first kid was born late in 1979. Shortly after her 30th birthday, I noted that she was in her 5th decade. That was not much appreciated either.
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