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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947) was a successful collegiate and professional basketball player. Born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor (byname Lew Alcindor) in New York City, he was a center who grew to seven feet 3 inches (2.18 m) tall. He played for UCLA from 1967 - 1969. During his time on the team, UCLA lost only 2 games. He was the number 1 1969 NBA draft pick. After graduating from UCLA, he played for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. While at UCLA Abdul-Jabbar converted to Islam. He took his Arabic name in 1971.

Abdul-Jabbar was famous for his sky hook shot, which was notoriously hard to defend against. He was also notable for his physical fitness regime.


Honors Playing for the Lakers allowed Jabbar to try his hand at acting: In 1980, he participated as the co-pilot in the movie Airplane