Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a retired American professional basketball player. He is the NBA's all-time leading scorer, with 38,387 points. During his career with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers from 1969 to 1989, Abdul-Jabbar won six NBA championships and a record six regular season MVP Awards. In college at UCLA, he played on three consecutive national championship teams, and his high school team won 71 consecutive games.… Read More

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CHILDHOOD

1947 Birth Born on April 16, 1947.

TWENTIES

1967 20 Years Old 1 More Event
Lew Alcindor played on the UCLA freshman team only because the "freshman rule" was in effect. From 1967–69, he played under coach John Wooden, contributing to the team's three-year record of 88 wins and only two losses: one to the University of Houston in which Alcindor had a not fully healed eye injury (see below), and the other to crosstown rival USC who played a "stall game" (i.e., there was no shot clock in those days, so a team could hold the ball as long as it wanted before attempting to score). … Read More
1968 21 Years Old 1 More Event
While playing for UCLA, Alcindor suffered a scratched left cornea on January 12, 1968, at the Cal game when he was struck by Tom Henderson of Cal in a rebound battle. … Read More
1969 22 Years Old 1 More Event
The Harlem Globetrotters offered Alcindor $1 million to play for them, but he declined, and was picked first in the 1969 NBA draft by the Milwaukee Bucks (who were in only their second season of existence.) The Bucks won a coin-toss with the Phoenix Suns for first pick.
1971 - 1972 2 More Events
…  In 1974, Abdul-Jabbar won his third MVP Award in five years and was among the top five NBA players in scoring (27. ppg, third), rebounding (14.5 rpg, fourth), blocked shots (283, second), and field goal percentage (.539, second).
In 1975, he was traded to the Lakers, with whom he played the last 14 seasons of his career and won five NBA championships. … Read More
1976 29 Years Old 1 More Event
In the 1976–77 season, Abdul-Jabbar had another strong season. … Read More

THIRTIES

1978 31 Years Old …  Abdul-Jabbar and Janice divorced in 1978. … Read More
1983 36 Years Old In 1983, Abdul-Jabbar's house burned down, destroying many of his belongings including his beloved jazz LP collection (about 3,000 jazz albums were destroyed). … Read More

FORTIES

1987 40 Years Old The Lakers made the NBA Finals in each of Abdul-Jabbar's final three seasons, defeating Boston in 1987, and Detroit in 1988. … Read More
1995 48 Years Old …  Since 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.

FIFTIES

2002 55 Years Old Abdul-Jabbar has worked as an assistant for the LA Clippers and the Seattle SuperSonics, helping mentor, among others, their young centers, Michael Olowokandi and Jerome James. Abdul-Jabbar 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. … Read More
2005 58 Years Old Finally, on September 2, 2005, he returned to the Lakers as a special assistant to Phil Jackson to help the Lakers' centers, and in particular their young draftee Andrew Bynum. … Read More
2006 59 Years Old …  He has also made appearances on The Colbert Report, in a 2006 skit called "HipHopKetball II: The ReJazzebration Remix '06" and in 2008 as a stage manager who is sent out on a mission to find Nazi Gold.

LATE ADULTHOOD

2011 64 Years Old 1 More Event
Abdul-Jabbar also voiced his own character in a 2011 episode of The Simpsons titled "Love Is a Many Strangled Thing."
2012 65 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2012, he was selected by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be a U.S. global cultural ambassador. … Read More
2013 66 Years Old Abdul-Jabbar was selected to appear in the 2013 ABC reality series Splash, a celebrity diving competition. … Read More
2014 67 Years Old 1 More Event
Abdul-Jabbar has also appeared with Robert Hays (Ted Striker) in a 2014 "Airplane" parody commercial promoting Wisconsin tourism. … Read More
2015 68 Years Old 1 More Event
Abdul-Jabbar has also been a regular contributor to discussions about issues of race and religion, among other topics, in national magazines and on television. He has written a regular column for Time, for example, and he appeared on Meet the Press on Sunday, January 25, 2015 to talk about a recent column, which pointed out that Islam should not be blamed for the actions of violent extremists, just as Christianity has not been blamed for the actions of violent extremists who profess Christianity.
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