VIDEO: Remembering When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Punched Kent Benson in the Face So Hard He Broke His Hand
By Zach Brunner
One of the all-time greats in the history of sports is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He also has one of the most iconic names and perfected one of the most famous go-to moves ever (sky hook).
Kareem has so many accolades and iconic moments that him breaking his hand punching someone in the face as a member of the Los Angeles Lakers goes under the radar.
That lucky man who can say he broke Kareem's hand is Kent Benson, who spent 12 seasons in the NBA, which is impressive in its own right. Of course, it's less impressive after mentioning the man who punched him played 20 seasons and is the all-time leader in points scored.
An elbow to the gut of Jabbar is what started the sequence off. It looked to be a bit of a cheap shot, and it appears Kareem felt the same way. After milking it for all it was worth, Jabbar casually saw an opening to clock Benson in the side of the face without him knowing it was coming.
This moment was mentioned in Kareem's autobiography entitled "Giant Steps," when he mentioned he "decked Kent Benson because I wasn't going to be abused." He also mentioned Benson was just "trying to make a name for himself," as this occurred just a couple minutes into the first game of the season.
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