Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar May 2014.jpg
Abdul-Jabbar in 2014
Personal information
Born (1947-04-16) April 16, 1947 (age 73)
New York City, New York
NationalityAmerican
Listed height7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Listed weight225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
High schoolPower Memorial
(Manhattan, New York)
CollegeUCLA (1966–1969)
NBA draft1969 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Playing career1969–1989
PositionCenter
Number33
Career history
19691975Milwaukee Bucks
19751989Los Angeles Lakers
Career highlights and awards

As assistant coach:

Career NBA statistics
Points38,387 (24.6 ppg)
Rebounds17,440 (11.2 rpg)
Blocks3,189 (2.5 bpg)
Stats at Basketball-Reference.com
Basketball Hall of Fame as player
College Basketball Hall of Fame
Inducted in 2006

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. on April 16, 1947) is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach. He was known as Lew Alcindor before changing his name in the fall of 1971, several years after converting to Islam. He is considered one of the greatest players of all time. He has also had numerous television and movie appearances.

Early life[change | change source]

Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr., was born in Harlem, New York City, on April 16, 1947.His family was not poor: His father was a graduate of the famed Juilliard School of Music in virtuoso trombone. He attended Power Memorial High School in New York.[1]

College[change | change source]

Alcindor went to college at UCLA. When he played on the freshman team, it beat the UCLA varsity team that had won two national championships. When he played on the varsity team, it won three national championships. The Bruins were 80-2 when Alcindor. When Alcindor was at UCLA, the NCAA did not allow the dunk, so he developed a hook shot called the skyhook. Alcindor also got a degree in history.

Professional basketball career[change | change source]

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with the Lakers

Alcindor was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks in the 1969 NBA Draft. He lead the league in scoring twice with the Bucks. He also won three MVP awards with them. In 1975, Abdul-Jabbar was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers. He won three more MVP awards with them, as well as five championships. Abdul-Jabbar played in the NBA until 1989. When he left, he had scored 38,387 points, which is more than any other player has. He was also one of the ten most accurate players, and blocked the third-most shots. Abdul-Jabbar was placed in the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995.

Outside of basketball[change | change source]

Abdul-Jabbar studied martial arts with Bruce Lee, and appears in the Lee movie Game of Death. He is also in the movie Airplane!. Abdul-Jabbar has written several books. Some of them are on basketball, but he has also written a book about the Harlem Renaissance.[2] His book was later made into a documentary movie.[3] Abdul-Jabbar has also been an assistant coach for several NBA teams. Usually, he has helped tall players play better. Abdul-Jabbar has had leukemia from 2009. In total he won the championship in 1971. He accepted Islam after the game. He became an assistant coach after he retired.

References[change | change source]

  1. Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem (10 Sept. 2019). [EBSCOhost, search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=b6h&AN=36699723&site=brc-live "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar"] Check |url= value (help). EBSCOhost – via search.ebscohost.com/login.aspx?direct=true&db=b6h&AN=36699723&site=brc-live. Check date values in: |date= (help)
  2. Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem; Raymond Obstfeld (2007). Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-1-4165-3488-4. Missing or empty |title= (help)
  3. "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tells Newark students a tale worth learning". New Jersey Star Ledger. Feb 11, 2011. Retrieved Feb 11, 2011.

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