Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Biography

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Quick Facts Of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Celebrated Name Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Age 50 Years
Nick Name Kareem
Birth Name Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr.
Birth Date 1947-04=16
Gender Male
Profession Former Basketball Player
Nationality American
Birth Nation USA
Place Of Birth New York City
Ethnicity American-White
Race White
Awards MVP award, Presidential Medal of Freedom and more
Famous For Being an American former professional basketball player
Best Known For Being firstly known as an NBA player who has gained the highest amount of scores ever
Horoscope Aries
Religion Islam
Father Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Sr.
Mother Cora Lillian
Siblings 0
High School New York City high school
University University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA)
Sexual Orientation Straight
Marital Status Married
Wife Habiba Abdul-Jabbar (Divorce in 1978)
Children Habiba, Sultana, and Kareem Jr. and; Adam (with his ex girlfried, Cheryl Pistano)
Net Worth $22 Million
Source of Wealth Basketball Career
Height 7 ft 2 in
Weight 75 KG
Shoe Size 16 US
Hair Color Bald
Eye Color Brown

An American former professional basketball player is named for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr.). He has played 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association (NBA) for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. He was a record six-time NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP), a record 19-time NBA All-Star, a 15-time All-NBA selection, and an 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team member during his career. In the year 1996, he was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. He retired at age of 42 in 1989; he was the NBA's all-time leader in points scored (38,387), games played (1,560), minutes played (57,446), field goals made (15,837), field goal attempts (28,307), blocked shots (3,189), defensive rebounds (9,394), career wins (1,074), and personal fouls (4,657). After his retirement, he began writing and documenting his career and he also appeared in various TV shows and movies. In 2012, he was selected by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be a U.S. global cultural ambassador. President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in the year 2016. As of now, he is a columnist for The Hollywood Reporter and a contributing writer for the Guardian. Overall, he is a very talented basketball player who has established himself as one of the most talented and masterful figures. 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's Son Accused Of Stabbing Neighbor

The son of NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is accused of stabbing his 60-year-old neighbor in Orange County, California, authorities said. Adam Abdul-Jabbar, 28, was arrested Wednesday after the incident, which occurred around 9:30 p.m. Tuesday evening. He was then booked on suspicion of assault with a deadly weapon, KABC reported. The victim, Ray Winsor, was stabbed seven times before taking himself to an area hospital with multiple injuries, a Sheriff's Department spokesperson said. Winsor said he had an argument with the younger Abdul-Jabbar, whom he said he’s known since he was a child, over something simple-not taking out trash cans for pickup. He added that the two have had small arguments in the past. Winsor said Abdul-Jabbar went into his own home and returned with a knife, allegedly telling Winsor he was going to "stick a knife through his teeth." Abdul-Jabbar, who's one of three of the former basketball star’s sons, posted $25,000 bail and has declined comment. 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Has Weighed In On HBO Max's Gone With The Wind Controversy

HBO Max's Gone With The Wind controversy first started after civil rights protests broke out across the nation. On June 9th, John Ridley, the screenwriter of 12 Years a Slave, wrote an op-ed in the Los Angeles Times calling on HBO Max to temporarily remove Gone With The Wind from its library because it "romanticizes the horrors of slavery." Now, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has weighed in. In his op-ed at THR, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar expressed his own thoughts on the Gone With The Wind temporary removal from HBO Max, saying he has mixed feelings about John Ridley's piece, especially the film's depictions of Confederacy and slavery. And he also gave some of his own ideas on how we should approach art when it deals with these issues. 

Famous For

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, a former basketball player

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  • Being an American former professional basketball player.
  • Being firstly known as an NBA player who has gained the highest amount of scores ever. NBA reports that for 20 years of his sports career, he won 6 NBA MVP titles, All-Star title for 19 times, became a scoring champion 2 times, and many others. 

Where does Kareem Abdul-Jabbar live?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born with the birth name/real name of Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. on 16th April 1947. His birthplace/hometown is in New York City, the USA. He was born to his parents; Cora Lillian (mother) and Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Sr. (father). His nationality is American and his ethnicity is American-White. His race is White. As of 2020, he celebrated his 73rd birthday. He does not have any siblings as he is the only child of his parents. At birth, he weighed 12 lb 11 oz (5.75 kg) and was 22 1⁄2 inches (57 cm) long, and by the age of nine, he was already 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) tall. By the eighth grade (age 13-14) he had grown to 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) and could already slam dunk a basketball. He started playing basketball early. At school, he led Jack Donahue's Power Memorial Academy team to win three New York City Catholic championships. He was nicknamed 'The tower from Power' after this. His 2,067 total points were a New York City high school record. He then enrolled at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). His zodiac sign is Aries and his religion is Islam. He converted to Islam when he was 24 and changed his name from Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. His current name means 'a noble and powerful servant of Allah' in Arabic.

How Kareem Abdul-Jabbar pursue his Basketball career (Beginning-Present)?

  • Kareem Abdul-Jabbar did not play during his first year at UCLA because the "freshman rule" was in effect, though his prowess was already well known.
  • He played for UCLA under John Wooden and made his debut as a sophomore at the beginning of 1966. 
  • He was the main contributor to the team's record of wins. 
  • He was also awarded as the Most Outstanding Player in NCAA Tournament (1967, 1968, and 1969). 
  • He also became the first Naismith College Player of the Year in the year 1969.
  • He won the USBWA College Player of the Year in 1967 and 1987 and also became the only player to win Helms Foundation Player of the Year at UCLA three times. 
  • He boycotted the 1968 Summer Olympics by deciding not to try out for the United States Men's Olympic Basketball team, who went on to easily win the gold medal.
  • He was suffering from a scratch on his left cornea and scored only 15 points. Cougars won the match with a score of 71-69. This match has been dubbed 'Game of the Century'.
  • After that, he was picked by the Milwaukee Bucks for $1.4 million in 1969. 
  • His presence enabled the 1969-70 Bucks to claim second place in the NBA's Eastern Division with a 56-26 record (improved from 27-55 the previous year).
  • On 21st February 1970, he scored 51 points in a 140-127 win over the SuperSonics.
  • He was awarded the 'NBA Rookie of the Year'.
  • He remained vital to Bucks as he led them to victory match after match for four straight years and was awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player (MVP) thrice. He posted 27 points, 12 rebounds, and 7 assists in Game 4 of the finals series.
  • On 1st May 1971, the day after the Bucks won the NBA championship, he adopted the Muslim name Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and converted to Islam. 
  • Later, he was acquired by the Los Angeles Lakers in the year 1975.
  • He dominated his tenure thereby leading in the number of minutes played, rebounding, and blocked shots. 
  • He won this fourth MVP award.
  • Once he joined the Lakers, Abdul-Jabbar began wearing his trademark goggles (he briefly ditched them in the 1979-1980 season). 
  • He missed one game in the 1986-87 season when his eyes dried out and swelled.
  • He had a strong season in 1976-77 when he led the Lakers to the best record in the NBA and won his fifth MVP award.
  • With him, the Lakers won the All-NBA Second Team twice, the All-Defense First Team once, and the All-Defense Second Team once. 
  • They went on to become the most dominant team and won 5 NBA Championships with the powerful Abdul-Jabbar in the center.
  • He broke Wilt Chamberlain's record for most career points in 1984. 
  • He gained weight later in his career in order to withstand playing at the center position in his 40s.
  • On 28th June 1989, he was 42 years old when he announced that he would retire at the end of the season after 20 years in the NBA.
  • On his "retirement tour" he received standing ovations at games, home and away, and gifts ranging from a yacht that said "Captain Skyhook" to framed jerseys from his basketball career to an Afghan rug.
  • In his biography "My Life", Magic Johnson recalls that many Lakers and Celtics legends participated in Abdul-Jabbar's farewell game. 
  • The Lakers made the NBA Finals in each of Abdul-Jabbar's final three seasons, defeating Boston in 1987, and Detroit in 1988.
  • The Lakers lost to the Pistons in a four-game sweep in his final season.
  • At the time of his retirement, Abdul-Jabbar held the record for most games played by a single player in the NBA; this would later be broken by Robert Parish. 
  • He also was the all-time record holder for most points (38,387), most field goals made (15,837), and most minutes played (57,446).

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Holding the ball

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Post-NBA Career

  • He had been interested in coaching since his retirement, and given the influence that he exerted on the league during his playing days, he thought that the opportunity would present itself.
  • He began lobbying for a coaching position in 1995, he has managed to obtain only low-level assistant and scouting jobs in the NBA, and a head coaching position only in a minor professional league.
  • He has worked as an assistant for the Los Angeles Clippers and the Seattle SuperSonics, helping mentor, among others.
  • He was the head coach of the Oklahoma Storm of the United States Basketball League in 2002, leading the team to the league's championship that season, but he failed to land the head coaching position at Columbia University a year later.
  • He then worked as a scout for the New York Knicks and returned to the Lakers as a special assistant coach to Phil Jackson for six seasons (2005-2011).
  • He also served as a volunteer coach at Alchesay High School on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation in Whiteriver, Arizona in the year 1998.
  • In the year 2016, he performed a tribute to friend Muhammad Ali along with Chance the Rapper.
  • He is also co-author of a comic book published by Titan Comics entitled "Mycroft Holmes and the Apocalypse Handbook".
  • In 2017, just before leaving office President, Barack Obama appointed Abdul-Jabbar (along with Carli Llyod and Gabrielle Douglas) to the President's Council on Fitness, Sports, and Nutrition.

Moreover, 

  • Kareem has appeared in the film 'Game of Death' along with Bruce Lee in 1978. 
  • He has recorded his book on the Harlem Renaissance titled 'On the Shoulders of Giants' as an audiobook along with other actors and artists.

Career history of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 

As player:

  • 1969-1975 Milwaukee Bucks
  • 1975-1989 Los Angeles Lakers

As coach:

  • 2000         Los    Angeles Clippers (assistant)
  • 2002         Oklahoma Storm
  • 2005-2011 Los Angeles Lakers (assistant)

Career highlights and awards of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a very talented and successful former basketball player and he has achieved a lot of awards during his career. He was named among the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996. In 2011, he was presented the Double Helix Medal for his part in increasing awareness for cancer research, and also he received an honorary degree from the New York Institute of Technology. Additionally, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016. 

  • 6× NBA champion (1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988)
  • 2× NBA Finals MVP (1971, 1985)
  • 6× NBA Most Valuable Player (1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980)
  • 19× NBA All-Star (1970-1977, 1979-1989)
  • 10× All-NBA First Team (1971-1974, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1986)
  • 5× All-NBA Second Team (1970, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1985)
  • 5× NBA All-Defensive First Team (1974, 1975, 1979-1981)
  • 6× NBA All-Defensive Second Team (1970, 1971, 1976-1978, 1984)
  • NBA Rookie of the Year (1970)
  • NBA All-Rookie First Team (1970)
  • 2× NBA scoring champion (1971, 1972)
  • NBA rebounding champion (1976)
  • 4× NBA blocks leader (1975, 1976, 1979, 1980)
  • No. 33 retired by Milwaukee Bucks
  • No. 33 retired by Los Angeles Lakers
  • NBA's 50th Anniversary All-Time Team
  • 3× NCAA champion (1967-1969)
  • 3× NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player (1967-1969)
  • 3× National college player of the year (1967-1969)
  • 3× Consensus first-team All-American (1967-1969)
  • No. 33 retired by UCLA Bruins
  • 2× Mr. Basketball USA (1964, 1965)
  • Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with Medal of Freedom at White House

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Career NBA statistics of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 

  • Points 38,387 (24.6 ppg)
  • Rebounds 17,440 (11.2 rpg)
  • Assists 5,660 (3.6 apg)

Books of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 

  • Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem; Knobler, Peter (1983). Giant Steps. New York: Bantam Books.
  • Kareem, with Mignon McCarthy (1990) 
  • Selected from Giant Steps (Writers' Voices) (1999) 
  • Black Profiles in Courage: A Legacy of African-American Achievement, with Alan Steinberg (1996) 
  • A Season on the Reservation: My Sojourn with the White Mountain Apaches, with Stephen Singular (2000) 
  • Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, World War II's Forgotten Heroes with Anthony Walton (2004)
  • On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance with Raymond Obstfeld (2007) 
  • What Color Is My World? The Lost History of African American Inventors with Raymond Obstfeld (2012) 
  • Streetball Crew Book One Sasquatch in the Paint with Raymond Obstfeld (2013) 
  • Streetball Crew Book Two Stealing the Game with Raymond Obstfeld (2015) 
  • Mycroft Holmes with Anna Waterhouse (September 2015) 
  • Writings on the Wall: Searching for a New Equality Beyond Black and White with Raymond Obstfeld (2016) 
  • Coach Wooden and Me: Our 50-Year Friendship On and Off the Court (2017) 
  • Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court (2017) 
  • Mycroft and Sherlock with Anna Waterhouse (October 9, 2018) 
  • Mycroft and Sherlock: The Empty Birdcage with Anna Waterhouse (September 24, 2019) 

Audiobook of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 

  • On the Shoulders of Giants: An Audio Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance 8-CD Set Vol. 1-4, with Avery Brooks, Jesse L. Martin, Maya Angelou, Herbie Hancock, Billy Crystal, Charles Barkley, James Worthy, Julius Erving, Jerry West, Clyde Drexler, Bill Russell, Coach John Wooden, Stanley Crouch, Quincy Jones, and other chart-topping musicians, as well as legendary actors and performers such as Samuel L. Jackson. (2008) 

Who was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar married to?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was a married man. He was married to Habiba Abdul-Jabbar (born Janice Brown). He met Habiba at a Lakers game during his senior year at UCLA. They also have three children namely Habiba, Sultana, and Kareem Jr. They divorced in the year 1978. He has another son, Adam, with his ex-girlfriend Cheryl Pistono. Adam made an appearance on the TV sitcom Full House with him. As of now, he seems to be single as there are no rumors or affairs about him dating anyone. He is living a happy life at present without any disturbances. His sexual orientation is straight and he is not gay.

Abdul-Jabbar suffers from migraines, and his use of cannabis to reduce the symptoms has had legal ramifications. He was also diagnosed with a form of leukemia in the year 2008. He took to Twitter in 2011 to announce that his leukemia had gone. In the meanwhile, he became a spokesperson for Novartis, the company that produced his cancer medication. In April 2015, he was admitted to the hospital when he was diagnosed with cardiovascular disease. Later that week, on his 68th birthday, he underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery at the UCLA Medical Center.

What is the Net Worth of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as of 2020?

Kаrееm Аbdul-Јаbbаr is a professional former footballer who is the six-times most valuable award winner. With his career as a basketball, he has amassed a huge amount of money. His major source of earning is from a basketball career. As of 2020, the net worth of Kareem is believed to have $22 mіllіоn. His рrоfеѕѕіоnаl bаѕkеtbаll саrееr соnѕіѕtѕ оf twо dесаdеѕ, аnd hе еаrnеd mоѕt оf hіѕ wеаlth bу рlауіng fоr Lаkеrѕ. Besides this, he is also an аn аuthоr оf mаnу bооkѕ ѕuсh аѕ Kаrееm, wіth Міgnоn МсСаrthу, Ѕеlесtеd frоm Gіаnt Ѕtерѕ. Additionally, he has also рlауеd dіffеrеnt rоlеѕ іn mоvіеѕ. His other source of earning is from the movie career and author career as well. As of now, he is living a luxurious lifestyle from his earning.

How tall is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar?

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a very handsome person with bald hair. He has got a tall height of 7 ft 2 in or 218 cm. His balanced weight consists of  75 KG. Whereas his shoe size is 16 US. He has got a pair of brown eyes. His body build is athletic. Overall, he has got a healthy body.