This gig is no slam dunk.
And, no, Thomas wasn’t kidding.
At well over 7 feet, Abdul-Jabbar, 71, will undoubtedly be the tallest person in the room ― and also one of the greenest when it comes to television writing.
Deborah Morales, Abdul-Jabbar’s manager, told HuffPost on Wednesday that the hiring came about after the basketball hall of famer praised Thomas’s book Slave Day in an article. Thomas asked him to write the foreword for a reprint of the book and offered Abdul-Jabbar the part of a Seattle city councilman in his “iZombie” series for the 2019 season. Thomas then worked as a showrunner for an undisclosed program that Abdul-Jabbar was developing and was so impressed with the hoop legend’s skills that he hired him and writing partner Raymond Obstfeld to write for “Veronica Mars.”
This story has been updated with a comment from Abdul-Jabbar’s manager, Deborah Morales.