DALLAS --Unless they're able to secure some quality talent via trades or free agency real soon, don't look for the Los Angeles Lakers to win any NBA championships in the foreseeable future.
At least that's what Laker legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said Monday after he participated on a sports panel held at the Omni Dallas Hotel in conjunction with the United States Conference of Mayors.
Abdul-Jabbar won six NBA titles during his 20-year star-studded career, including five with the Lakers. But with guard Kobe Bryant turning 36 in August and trying to recover from left knee surgery -- which limited him to just six games last season -- the game's all-time leading scorer painted a dark picture for his former team.
"It’s going to take them getting some really great players,'' Abdul-Jabbar said when asked when will the Lakers return to their glory years. "Right now the cupboard is bare with regard to talented players.
"They’re going to have to rebuild that talent base before they can be dominant again.''
The last Laker NBA title came in 2010. And this past season the Lakers missed the playoffs while finishing with a subpar 27-55 record.
-- Dwain Price
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