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Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Kareem Abdul Jabbar is a professional basketball player. Kareem Abdul Jabbar played in the National Basketball Association for 20 seasons.

Early life

Kareem Abdul Jabbar was born on April 16, 1947. As of now, he is 76 years old. He was born in  Harlem, New York, the United States as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. He was taller than the next people.

Likewise, he led Jack Donahue’s Power Memorial Academy team at school,  to win three New York City Catholic championships. After this, he was nicknamed ‘The Tower from Power.

The information about his parents has yet not been disclosed. Aries is his zodiac sign. When he was 24 he converted to Islam. Later on, he changed his name from Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr.

Moreover, The seven-foot-one-inch player enrolled at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) while also studying for his degree and soon won three collegiate championships.

Career and Professional Life

Beginning in 1966 Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played for UCLA under John Wooden. To the team’s record of wins, he was the main contributor. In the NCAA Tournament (1967, 1968, and 1969) he was awarded the Most Outstanding Player. In 1969, he became the first Naismith College Player of the Year. Likewise, He won the Helms Foundation Player of the Year at UCLA and the USBWA College Player of the Year. He completed studying before declaring for the NBA draft despite his proven prowess.

His team faced Guy Lewis’s Houston Cougars in the first nationally televised college basketball game. Thus, Abdul-Jabbar was suffering from a scratch on his left cornea and scored only 15 points. Moreover, this match has been dubbed ‘Game of the Century. In 1969   for $1.4 million he was picked by the Milwaukee Bucks. To NBA’s Eastern Division Bucks claimed second place for his contribution. Additionally, he was awarded the ‘NBA Rookie of the Year.
After a match for four straight years, he remained vital to the Bucks as he led them to a victory match and was awarded the NBA Most Valuable Player thrice. However, due to his reasons, he wanted to shift either to the Knicks or the Los Angeles. In 1975, he was acquired by the Los Angeles Lakers. Moreover, thereby leading in the number of minutes played, rebounding, and blocked shots he dominated his tenure.

More about his career

Furthermore, his association with the Lakers is vividly remembered for his trademark goggles. When he led the Lakers to the best record in the NBA he had a strong season in 1976-77 and won his fifth MVP award. The Lakers won the All-Defense First Team once, the All-NBA Second Team twice,  and the All-Defense Second Team once. They won 5 NBA Championships with the powerful Abdul-Jabbar in the center and became the most dominant team.
At the age of 42, he announced his retirement on 28 June 1989. Additionally, his retirement tour was studded with standing ovations. The Lakers entered the NBA finals but lost to the Pistons in his final season. He became a special assistant coach for the Lakers in 2005. Likewise, he previously worked as an assistant for the Seattle Super Sonics and Los Angeles Clippers.
In 2007 he was featured in the UCLA Alumni commercial ‘My Big UCLA Moment’. Later on,  he also appeared in several movies, including ‘Fletch’, ‘Airplane!’, ‘Troop Beverly Hills, and various TV series, such as ‘21 Jump Street, ‘Martin’, ‘Scrubs’,  ‘Everybody Loves Raymond, etc. In 2016 he performed a tribute to Muhammad Ali alongside Chance the Rapper. In 2017, Barack Obama appointed Abdul-Jabbar just before leaving office President, (along with Carli Llyod and Gabrielle Douglas) to the President’s Council on Sports, Fitness, and Nutrition.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Caption: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar playing a game. Source: Duck Basketball Sports.

Brand Endorsements

20 million dollars is the net worth of Kareem Abdul Jabbar. He has earned lots of money in his profession as a professional basketball player. However, he is living a luxurious, happy, and lavish life with his family.

Net Worth 2024

Furthermore, Abdul-Jabbar has endorsement deals with AT&T, Adidas, Nestle, and NBA2K. Thus, it can be estimated that he has a net worth of over $2 million with this.

Personal Life

Kareem Abdul Jabbar is a married man. He was married to Habiba Abdul-Jabbar. The couple has three children together Habiba, Sultana, and Kareem Jr. Later on, they divorced in 1978 but the reason for the divorce is not updated. Moreover, With his ex-girlfriend Cheryl Pistono, he has another son, Adam.

Moreover, in 2008 he was diagnosed with a form of leukemia. In 2011  he took to Twitter to announce that his leukemia had gone. He became a spokesperson for the company that produced his cancer medication named Novartis.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar – Body Measurements

Kareem Abdul Jabbar has a height of 7 ft 1 inch. His body weight is around 102 kg. Likewise, he has black eyes and black color hair. Likewise, the other measurements like shoe size, dress size, etc. are not disclosed.

Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Caption: Kareem Abdul Jabbar posing for a photo. Source: My hero

Kareem Abdul Jabbar – Social Media

Moreover, Kareem Abdul Jabbar has got 1 million followers on his Instagram account. On Twitter, he has got 2.2 million followers. Thus, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is active on Facebook and has 1.3 million followers.