Kareem Abdul-Jabbar joins ABC's competition show 'Splash'
Premieres March 19
HOLLYWOOD, Calif.—Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, and extreme skier Rory Bushfield were named today as the final two contestants on the ABC competition series “Splash,” in which 10 celebrities will compete in platform and springboard diving.
Named earlier as contestants were:
• Detroit Lions defensive tackle Ndamukong Suh;
• comedian Louis Anderson;
• television personality Kendra Wilkinson;
• actor Drake Bell;
• actresses Nicole Eggert and Keshia Knight Pulliam;
• talk show sidekick Chuy Bravo; and
• Katherine Webb, the former Miss Alabama USA who gained a measure of fame because of sportscaster Brent Musburger’s comments during the 2013 Bowl Championship Series National Championship Game.
Four-time Olympic gold medalist Greg Louganis will coach the contestants. Gold medalist David Boudia and USA Diving team director Steve Foley will serve as judges.
“Splash” is set to premiere March 19.
Simon Cowell’s “X Factor” is back at full capacity.
As reports suggested, Kelly Rowland and Paulina Rubio are the Fox competition’s two new judges.
Rubio and Rowland will team up with Cowell and returning judge Demi Lovato when “X Factor” begins its third season this fall.
LOS ANGELES, Calif. — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will launch a fundraising campaign for blood cancer research during halftime tonight, when the Los Angeles Lakers will meet the New Orleans Hornets at Staples Center.
Abdul-Jabbar will take to the court to start the countdown clock for the Chronic Myeloid Leukemia Skyhook Challenge to raise $38,387, matching the record number of points he scored in his NBA career.
He was diagnosed with the disease in 2008.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—A statue of former Los Angeles Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, will be unveiled today outside Staples Center.
Abdul-Jabbar’s teammates with the 1980s “Showtime” Lakers Earvin “Magic” Johnson and James Worthy; the team’s coach, Pat Riley; former Laker player, coach and general manager Jerry West; and team executive Jeanie Buss are scheduled to join Abdul-Jabbar in speaking at the ceremony, which is set to begin at 4:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
LOS ANGELES, Calif.—The ball is now in a Los Angeles judge’s court in a lawsuit brought by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar against a trading card company and its CEO.
Superior Court Judge Zaven V. Sinanian said today he wanted more time to consider a defense motion to dismiss the executive from the case. A final status conference will be held tomorrow and trial is scheduled to start Dec. 12.
The latest TV Guide Magazine features an article that covers the behind-the-scenes scoop on the 42 new shows for television this fall.