The NBA's career scoring leader was in Omaha, Neb., to speak at a B'nai B'rith sports banquet Wednesday. He also met with students at Boys Town, the nationally acclaimed home for troubled youth.
James had one of the worst playoff games of his career Tuesday night, finishing with 15 points as the Cavaliers were blown out by Boston. Abdul-Jabbar says even James would have benefited from college and would have arrived in the NBA with "very polished" skills.
The NBA in 2005 changed its entry age to 19. Abdul-Jabbar says many young players arrive unprepared for both on- and off-the-court challenges.