12 Things You Need To Know About Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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#1- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born on 16 April, 1947, in New York, U.S. His real name is Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr.

#2- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a professional basketball player. He played 20 NBA seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks & the Los Angeles Lakers.

#3- Kareem was a tall boy from a young age. At the age of 9, he reached a height of around 5 feet, 9 inches (173 cm).

#4- During his high school basketball career, Kareem earned the nickname "The Tower from Power", due to his height & excellent game skills.

#5- During his college career, he was the only basketball player to win the Helms Foundation Player of the Year award three times.

#6- Alcindor got an offer of $1 million from the Globetrotters to play for them but he refused the offer & later, in 1969, was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks.

#7- At the age of 24, he changed his religion to Islam after winning his first NBA title with the Milwaukee Bucks.

#8- The meaning of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's name is "the noble one, servant of the Almighty" in Arabic.

#9- Kareem is a 6 time NBA champion, 6 time NBA Most Valuable Player, a 19 time NBA All-Star & 2 time Mr. Basketball USA.

#10- He retired at the age of 42, and at the time of his retirement, Kareem was the NBA's all-time leader in points (38,387).

#11- Kareem made his film debut in Bruce Lee's 1972 film Game of Death. So far he has acted in at least 19 films.

#12- In 2016, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.

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