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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Overview

Date of Birth: Apr 16, 1947    
Place of Birth: New York, New York, United States
Nationality: United States
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Widely considered to be one of the greatest NBA players of all time, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spent 20 years with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers, helping both teams win a combined six championships while becoming the league's all-timing leading scorer with over 38,000 points. Towering over others at 7-feet-2-inches tall, Abdul-Jabbar used his height and exceptional athleticism to develop his famed skyhook, a shot that incorporated the entirety of his frame and was nearly impossible to block. Able to shoot the skyhook with either hand from virtually any point on the court, Abdul-Jabbar emerged as a potent offensive threat that created both fear and frustration among opponents. He was extremely popular among fans, some of whom helped him rebuild his extensive jazz record collection after his home burned down in 1983. Because he played in the heart of Hollywood, Abdul-Jabbar naturally gravitated towards film and television, memorably appearing in "Airplane!" (1980) and "Fletch" (1985), while making cameos as himself on a variety of TV shows. Post-retirement, A... Read More
2016
Began penning film reviews and editorials for The Hollywood Reporter
2012
Statue unveiled in front of Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA
2010
Co-wrote documentary feature "On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of the Greatest Team You Never Heard Of"
2010
Co-wrote documentary feature On the Shoulders of Giants: The Story of the Greatest Team You Never Heard Of
2005
Served as special assistant coach for the Lakers
1996
Co-wrote historical book Black Profiles in Courage: A Legacy of African-American Achievement with Alan Steinberg
1995
Inducted into Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame


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