|Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Quick Info|
|Height||7 ft 2 in|
|Date of Birth||April 16, 1947|
|Eye Color||Dark Brown|
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American former basketball coach and former professional basketball player who is universally acknowledged as one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He had represented the Milwaukee Bucks (1969–1975) and the Los Angeles Lakers (1975–1989) in the NBA. During his illustrious career, he won the NBA Championship 6 times (1971, 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988). He was named the NBA ‘Finals MVP’ twice (1971, 1985), the NBA ‘Most Valuable Player’ 6 times (1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980), and an NBA ‘All-Star’ 19 times (1970–1977, 1979–1989). He was included in the ‘All-NBA First Team’ 10 times (1971–1974, 1976, 1977, 1980, 1981, 1984, 1986), the ‘All-NBA Second Team’ 5 times (1970, 1978, 1979, 1983, 1985), the ‘NBA All-Defensive First Team’ 5 times (1974, 1975, 1979–1981), and the ‘NBA All-Defensive Second Team’ 6 times (1970, 1971, 1976–1978, 1984). In 2012, he had been selected by the government of the United States to be its ‘Global Cultural Ambassador’. In 2016, he was honored with the ‘Presidential Medal of Freedom’, among the highest civilian awards in the United States.
Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Lew, Cap, Murdock, Big Fella, The Big A, The Tower from Power
New York City, New York, United States
Los Angeles, California, United States
Kareem had attended the Power Memorial Academy, an all-boys Catholic high school in New York City. He had then joined the University of California, Los Angeles in 1966 and had graduated from there in 1969 with a major in history.
Former Basketball coach, Former Professional Basketball Player
- Father – Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Sr. (Transit Police Officer, Jazz Musician) (d. December 9, 2005)
- Mother – Cora Lillian (née Douglas) (Department Store Price Checker)
- Others – Cyrus Alcindor (Paternal Grandfather), Venus Alcindor (Paternal Grandmother)
33 – Milwaukee Bucks, Los Angeles Lakers
7 ft 2 in or 218.5 cm
102 kg or 225 lbs
Girlfriend / Spouse
Kareem has dated –
- Heather Hunter
- Pam Grier
- Habiba Abdul-Jabbar (1969–1978) – Kareem was married to Habiba Abdul-Jabbar (born Janice Brown) from 1971 to 1978. They had started dating in 1969, his senior year at UCLA. They have 3 children together – 2 daughters named Sultana Abdul-Jabbar and Habiba Abdul-Jabbar, and a son named Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Jr. (b. August 23, 1976) (Actor).
- Cheryl Pistono – He has a son named Amir Abdul-Jabbar from his relationship with Cheryl Pistono.
He has another son named Adam Abdul-Jabbar from an unnamed relationship.
Race / Ethnicity
He is of African-Trinidadian and African-American descent.
- Toned physique
- Towering frame
- Often sports a goatee
- Affable smile
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Facts
- He had led his high school to 3 successive New York City Catholic championships, including a scarcely believable 71-game winning streak.
- Representing UCLA, he had won 3 consecutive national championships and was a record 3-time ‘MVP’ of the NCAA Tournament. His superhuman performances at school and college level had seen him picked 1st overall in the 1st round of the 1969 NBA Draft by the Milwaukee Bucks.
- In his 20-year playing career in the NBA, he had led his team to the playoffs 18 times and the NBA Finals on 10 occasions.
- At the time of his retirement in 1989, he was the NBA‘s all-time leader in points scored (38,387), field goals made (15,837), defensive rebounds (9,394), and career wins (1,074).
- His jersey number, 33, has been retired by both the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers.
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