Kareem Abdul-Jabbar -- Too Famous to Sue in L.A.?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the most beloved Lakers of all time -- and that's exactly why the Upper Deck trading card company believes they can't get a fair shot against him in a Los Angeles court.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar lawsuit.

It's all over a lawsuit Kareem filed last month -- in which he accused Upper Deck of using his image on a trading card without his permission.

Now, Upper Deck wants the case moved to San Diego .... arguing in new documents that because Kareem spent so many years playing for the Lake Show ... his "iconic status in Los Angeles will irrefutably prejudice [Upper Deck] and deny them a fair and unbiased trial."

So we gotta ask ...