Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Birthday

American former basketball center
Born: April 16, 1947

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. on April 16, 1947, in New York City, is a retired American professional basketball player and one of the greatest NBA players of all time. Standing at 7 feet 2 inches tall, Abdul-Jabbar dominated the game with his unique combination of size, skill, and athleticism.

He first gained national attention in high school, where he led Power Memorial Academy to three straight New York City Catholic championships. He then played college basketball at UCLA under legendary coach John Wooden, where he won three consecutive NCAA championships from 1967 to 1969.

In 1969, Abdul-Jabbar was drafted first overall by the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA draft. During his 20-year NBA career, he played for the Bucks and later the Los Angeles Lakers, winning a total of six NBA championships and earning six regular-season MVP awards. He retired in 1989 as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points, a record that still stands today.

Off the court, Abdul-Jabbar is also known for his activism, philanthropy, and intellectual pursuits. He has written several books on topics ranging from basketball to history, and has been a passionate advocate for social justice issues throughout his life.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s 5 most popular quotes

  • I tell kids to pursue their basketball dreams, but I tell them to not let that be their only dream.
  • I would suggest that teachers show their students concrete examples of the negative effects of the actions that gangsta rappers glorify.
  • A lot of young players don’t really know much about the history of the game and a lot of them are missing out on what the game is all about, especially the whole concept of sportsmanship and teamwork.
  • You have to be able to center yourself and let all of your emotions go. Don’t ever forget that you play with your soul as well as your body.
  • I try to do the right thing at the right time. They may just be little things, but usually they make the difference between winning and losing.
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