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10 Interesting Facts About Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Sky Hook

1. Abdul-Jabbar broke his hand twice while being in the NBA. Both incidents came from being frustrated and then punching something

2. Kareem has wrote many books throughout his life, and the first one he made was an autobiography called “Giant Steps”. Giant Steps was released in 1983, while he was still playing NBA basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers that year

3. For highschool basketball, he played in New York with Power Memorial. During his time there they won 71 straight games!

4. In December 2008, Kareem was diagnosed with a kind of cancer that affected the blood and bone marrow, known as leukemia and Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia. In February of 2011 he announced to the world that he was “cancer free” while understanding that you can never really be cancer free, but his health was in an all time best position at that point

5. After attending UCLA, he received an offer from the Harlem Globetrotters for $1 million to play for them. This was in the 60’s so that $1 million had a lot more value to it then our current days perspective on $1 million. He declined this offer, and decided to get drafted into the NBA. The Bucks won a coin toss against the Suns to draft Kareem first overall, and he definitely helped the franchise out with them being around for only 2 seasons prior to Kareem being drafted there!

6. In 1983, while he was playing for the Lakers, his house burned down. A very valuable jazz collection with over 3,000 albums was destroyed in this fire so as a result, Lakers fans were delivering and shipping him ones to start filling up the collection again

7. Adbul-Jabbar credits yoga for being a very influential factor during his career. Without it, he said, there is no way that he would of been able to play as long as he did

8. His trademark “Sky Hook” was incredible difficult to guard and was a defying move to the game of basketball. His percentage on all hook shots he ever took was 55.9% of them going in

9. When Kareem was born on April 16th, 1947, his name was Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. It was until later in his life when he was 24 that he changed it to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. He did this because it is a muslim name

10. Kareem was in one of Bruce Lee’s movies, Game of Death. He played a character named Hakim, who in the movie goes on to fight Bruce Lee’s character, Billy Lo

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