One of 50 Greatest Players in History Kareem Abdul Jabbar Biography
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American basketball player who has played for major NBA teams such as the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. He has an unbeaten record in 71
|Date of Birth||April 16, 1947 (age 69), New York City, New York, United States|
|Parents||Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Sr., Cora Lillian|
|Education||University of California, Los Angeles, California · Westwood|
|Spouse||Habiba Abdul-Jabbar (m. 1971–1978)|
|Childern||Adam Abdul-Jabbar, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Jr., Amir Abdul-Jabbar, Sultana Abdul-Jabbar, Habiba Abdul-Jabbar|
|Net worth||$20 Million|
basketball games at high-school, after which in his 20 years long NBA career he was awarded many accolades, including six-time NBA Most Valuable Player, 19-time NBA All-Star and eleven times NBA All-Defensive Team member. Known for his signature “skyhook” shot and for being an amazing center, he is considered to be the second greatest player in NBA history. After his retirement, he forayed into acting, authoring books and articles and working as a basketball coach.
Early Life of Presidential Medal of Freedom Winner
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr., on April 16th, 1947. He is the only son of Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Sr., a transit policeman and a part-time jazz musician, and Cora Lillian, a department store receptionist. Born into a Roman Catholic family, he attended Power Memorial Academy, a Catholic school in Manhattan, New York.
While in high school, he was immediately recognized as a potential basketball player. He had an unbeaten strike of 71 won games, and an overall total of 79 victories against two losses. His 2,067 points is an all-time New York record in high-school basketball. His team went on to win the national boys’ basketball championships. All these achievements earned him the nickname “The tower from Power”.
He attended ULCA and was able to play on the college’s freshman team just because the “freshman rule” was in vogue. In all the three years after which he attended college, he contributed to ULCA winning an astounding eighty-eight wins just against two losses. Twice he scratched his cornea, one of them being during his career as a college basketball player.
After graduating from ULCA IN 1969, Abdul-Jabbar started to play for the then obscure Milwaukee Bucks, who were in their second season of existence.
Career Growth & Hights of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Beginning his twenty year long career in the NBA, Abdul-Jabbar started to play for the Milwaukee Bucks, his presence enabled the Bucks to come second in the NBA Eastern Division during the 1969-70 season. He gained instant attention, and he was awarded the NBA Rookie of the Year.
Till his transfer to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1975, Abdul-Jabbar had always a dominating presence while playing for the Milwaukee Bucks. He won four of his NBA Most Valuable Person awards while playing for the Bucks, enabling them to be division leaders for four straight years.
On being transferred to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1975, Abdul-Jabbar kept on with his dominance and his penchant for establishing new records, one of them being his 1,111 defensive rebounds that remain unbroken to date. It was during his seasons with the Lakers that he began to wear his trademark goggles in order to defend his eyes from more damage.
Despite this, he developed corneal erosion syndrome which briefly hindered him from playing in his top form. After fourteen seasons, when he retired in 1989, his records included: The most games played by a single player in the NBA (only broken later by Robert Parish), the most points scored (38,387), the most field goals (15,837) and the most minutes played (57,446).
Books By Professional Basketball Player
After retiring from basketball, Abdul-Jabbar engaged in acting, activism and authoring several books. His books include his autobiography Giant Steps (co-authored with Peter Knobler), On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance (co-authored with Raymond Obstfeld). Written by Anthony Walton, Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, World War II’s Forgotten Heroes is his important historical work.
Personal & family Life of Abdul Jabbar
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was married to Habiba Abdul-Jabbar (born Janice Brown) and had three children with her- daughters Habiba and Sultana and his son Kareem Jr., who played for Western Kentucky after graduating from junior college. He converted to Islam during his period at ULCA and changed to his Muslim name on May 1st, 1971, right after the Bucks’ first win at the NBA Championships.