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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Poster

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Overview (4)

Date of Birth 16 April 1947New York City, New York, USA
Birth NameFerdinand Lewis Alcindor
Nicknames Lew
Known as "The Big 'A'" before his name change.
Height 7' 2" (2.18 m)

Mini Bio (1)

Legendary US NBA basketball player with the Milwaukee Bucks (1969-1975) and the Los Angeles Lakers (1975-1989), the 7' 2" Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Lew Alcindor) has made numerous guest appearances on US TV shows including Man from Atlantis (1977), 21 Jump Street (1987), Tales from the Darkside (1983) and Scrubs (2001).

However, he's best known to film audiences for two very different film roles. Firstly, as a very tall adversary to Bruce Lee during a rather unique fight sequence in Lee's final film Game of Death (1978), and then Kareem played an airline pilot with a remarkable similarity to "Kareem Abdul-Jabbar" in the hilarious Airplane! (1980).

- IMDb Mini Biography By: firehouse44@hotmail.com

Spouse (1)

Janice 'Habiba' Brown (28 May 1971 - 1978) (divorced) (4 children)

Trade Mark (4)

Wears a #33 on his basketball jersey
Shooting the "sky-hook" and wearing goggles when he played
Towering height
Deep voice

Trivia (23)

B.A. from U.C.L.A.
NBA's all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points.
Graduate of Power Memorial High School, New York City.
Enshrined in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995.
Played for the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Milwaukee Bucks (1969-1970 thru 1974-1975) and Los Angeles Lakers (1975-1976 thru 1988-1989).
Studied Jeet Kune Do Martial arts under Bruce Lee.
Only college player to win three Player of the Year awards.
Holds the NBA record for Most Valuable Player awards with six.
Began wearing goggles on the court due to corneal erosion syndrome, a condition where the eye cornea doesn't produce moisture and begins to dry out.
The NCAA outlawed the dunk shot because of his dominance at center for UCLA.
Assistant coach for the NBA Los Angeles Clippers, (2000).
Holds NBA career records for most minutes (57,446), most points (38,387), most field goals made (15,837) and most field goals attempted (28,307). First player in NBA history to play 20 seasons. Led NBA in scoring (1971-1931.7 ppg, 1972-1934.8 ppg). Led NBA in rebounding (1976-1916.9 rpg). Led NBA in blocked shots (1975, 1976, 1979, 1980). NBA MVP (1971-1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980). NBA Rookie of the Year (1970). All NBA First Team (1971-1974, 1976-1977, 1980-1981, 1984, 1986). NBA All-Defensive First Team (1974-1975, 1979-1981). NBA Finals MVP (1971, 1985).
NBA 35th Anniversary All-Time Team (1980). NBA 50th Anniversary All-Time Team (1996).
Played for UCLA (1965-1969). The Sporting News College Player of the Year (1967, 1969). Three-time First Team All-America (1967-1969). Two-time National Player of the Year (1967, 1969). Three-time NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player (1967-1969). Naismith Award winner (1969). Leading scorer in UCLA history. Led NCAA with .667 field goal percentage (1967) and .635 field goal percentage (1969).
Played in 18 NBA All-Star Games (1970-1977, 1979-1989).
Pearl Jam's Jeff Ament wrote a song about him based on the urban myth that he lost all of his money investing in hotels for tall people. The song, entitled "Sweet Lew," appears on the album "Lost Dogs."
Grandparents are originally from Trinidad and Tobago, West Indies.
Father was a transit police officer in New York City.
Father of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Retired from the NBA in 1989.
Diagnosed with leukemia in December, 2008.
Coached the Oklahoma Storm of the United States Basketball League in 2002, leading them to the league championship before resigning.
When he appeared on Celebrity Jeopardy, the camera had to be moved back 5 feet to keep all three contestant in shot due to KAJ's height.

Personal Quotes (9)

I saw Islam as the correct way to live, and I chose to try to live that way.
On meeting Coach John Wooden: Coach Wooden's office was about the size of a walk-in closet. I was brought in, and there was this very quaint-looking Midwesterner. I'd heard a lot about this man and his basketball wisdom, but he surely look like he belonged in a one-room schoolhouse. I found myself liking Mr. Wooden right away. He was calm, in no hurry to impress me with his knowledge or his power. He called me Lewis, and that decision endeared him to me even more. It was at once formal, my full name. II was no baby Lewie. Lewis. I liked that.
On Coach John Wooden: He broke basketball down to it's basic elements. He always told us basketball was a simple game, but his ability to make the game simple was part of his genius. There was no ranting and raving, no histrionics or theatrics. To lead the way Coach Wooden led takes a tremendous amount of faith. He was almost mystical in his approach, yet that approach only strengthened our confidence. Coach Wooden enjoyed winning, but he did not put winning above everything. He was more concerned that we became successful as human beings, that we earned our degrees, that we learned to make the right choices as adults and as parents. In essence, he was preparing us for life.
After 9/11, all of a sudden you have this suspicious spotlight on you just because you're Muslim. It was a radical change and it really bothered me. People understand that, even though they take a Christian identity, are not practicing what Jesus was all about. It's the same thing with the radical Islamic people. They're about hatred and trying to impose their will on people.
Players today are tremendously gifted, but they don't understand the game as well as players from my generation who got to play in college and learn the nuances, when situations arise that lead to victory or defeat. They think it's all about being on Play of the Day.
I think Bono needs glasses to see. I needed glasses so I could keep people's fingers out of my eyes.
Maybe the worst racism of all is denying that racism exists, because it keeps us from repairing the damage. This country needs a social colonoscopy to look for the hidden racist polyps. The finish line is when racism no longer exists, not when people claim it doesn't exist because they don't personally notice it. Why is it that the people who are declaring racism dead are mostly white?
Despite the fact that I've been writing about politics longer than I played sports, many of my critics begin their comments with "Stick to basketball, Kareem". By dismissing someone's views based on their profession, such critics are dismissing their own opinions as frivolous. ("Stick to plumbing" "Stick to proctology")..The idea that an athlete can't think is a stereotype of the dumb jock who is too busy jamming adorable kids into lockers to know anything about the world around him except what Coach tells him. Those days are over, folks.
[on an interview between Barack Obama and ballerina Misty Copeland] Throw in a rabbi and a priest and you've got the start of a classic water cooler joke. But add first black U.S. President and first black female principal dancer for the American Ballet Theater and it's no longer a joke but an uplifting ideal for a new generation of African Americana. Two shining models of how diligence, discipline and perseverance can overcome even the most daunting obstacles to achieve the American Dream. But being a black role model is a doubt-edged sword of inspiration and frustration...

Salary (1)

Airplane! (1980) $35,000

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