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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Chelsea Handler Talk Basketball's Old Days (VIDEO)

by Jason Hughes, posted Jun 2nd 2011 4:53AM
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, 'Chelsea Lately'For a few minutes there, it looked like Kareem Abdul-Jabbar might just get to talk seriously about his latest project exploring the history of basketball in this country. But this is 'Chelsea Lately' (Weeknights, 11PM ET on E!) and Chelsea Handler quickly got to the crux of the sport from her perspective.

She put up a picture of Abdul-Jabbar back in his NBA days, which of course featured much shorter and tighter shorts on the players than the athletes wear today. "Those shorts are pretty suggestive," she said with a laugh.

Abdul-Jabbar agreed with her, though he hinted that such a wardrobe was actually good for the sport.

"I think the ladies liked watching that game a little bit more than they do now," he said. What's a little eye candy in sports for the fans? Look what the women of beach volleyball wear and it's done great for their ratings at the Olympics.

We have a hard time imagining the players ever agreeing to a wardrobe change back to the old style, unless ratings take a serious tumble. But it sounds like Handler would be on board taking in more basketball games. "When that was going on there was more than a basketball bouncing around the court," she quipped.

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