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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the White House in 2006.
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Personal information
Born April 16, 1947 (1947-04-16) (age 72)
New York City, New York
Listed height 7 ft 2 in (2.18 m)
Listed weight 225 lb (102 kg)
Career information
College UCLA
NBA Draft 1969 / Round: 1 / Pick: 1st overall
Selected by the Milwaukee Bucks
Pro career 1969–1989
Career history

Career highlights and awards

Career statistics
Points 38,387
Rebounds 17,440
Blocks 3,189
Stats at
Basketball Hall of Fame as player

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

Alcindor was born in Manhattan. He attended Power Memorial High School in New York. While there, the school went 78-2 and won three city championships.


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 88-2 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

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

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 about basketball, but he has also written a book about the Harlem Renaissance.[1] His book was later made into a documentary movie.[2] 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.


  1. Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem; Raymond Obstfeld (2007). Simon and Schuster. ISBN 978-1416534884 .
  2. "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tells Newark students a tale worth learning". New Jersey Star Ledger. February 11, 2011. Retrieved February 11, 2011.

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