Club officials sighed again, this time with relief. And what else would he like?
What Kareem would like is to have his full last name, Abdul-Jabbar, on his No. 33 jersey. Last year, amid confusion over what Kareem's full surname was, the club had printed only "Jab-bar" on the uniform.
He could have that, too, everyone said, and Abdul-Jabbar turned happily back to his graduate studies at Harvard.
HOW TO CHARM A TIGER
Faced with extinction, the tiger rarely is seen these days through the sights of a rifle or any other way. Now Dr. Margaret Kartomi of Monash University ( Melbourne, Australia) has come up with a tiger-hunting method that has been the closely guarded secret of West Sumatra natives for centuries.
She has taped the natives singing softly as the opening gambit of the hunt. "The songs are like lullabies that make the tiger sleepy," she explains.
Then the tiger singers use a blend of black and white magic, also calculated to make the tiger less wary.
And finally, just to make sure, the natives bait their traps with tender young lambs.
Dr. Kartomi will graciously lend you her tape recordings. Bring your own tender young lambs.