When he’s not asking for statues, Laker Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spends his quality time gardening, growing fields of regulation sized pumpkins (29.5 inches), then dunking them into basketball hoops. Unfortunately, I can’t guarantee that any of that’s true — just heard whispers of it floating around.

The only possible way I can vouch for this is my showing you a video.

Kareem looks to be plugging the new album from 90’s rock icons The Smashing Pumpkins. Not quite sure how this came about, but it looks like a strange cross promotion with Pumpkins’ lead singer Billy Corgan promoting Kareem’s movie, On the Shoulders of Giants — which on a side note, is a fantastic flick.

Another video after the jump…

(Video via SLAM & Billboard)