Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

In 1989, he announced the news of his retirement and later he joined a coaching institute as a coach. It is known that Kareem was an introvert and he always tried to ignore media. The Lakers went on to win championships throughout the 1980’s, five in total. By 1984 he surpassed Wilt Chamberlain’s career scoring total of 31,419. He had a trademark type of shot that was called the “skyhook”, which was hard to defend against, and a powerful offensive tactic.

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He was injury free most of his career in the NBA, although he did break his hand a few times. The first time occurred after his got his eye scratched. He was mad enough to punch a piece of support equipment for the basket hoop, breaking his hand in 1974. The second time he broke his hand was in 1978, where he punched an opposing team member for using an overly aggressive elbow. He was out for two months for his hand to heal.

He left a legacy behind him, setting records in most points at 38,387, most blocked shots at 3189 and the most minutes played at 57,446. He was inducted to the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995 and is considered one of the the top 50 basketball players ever. He was voted the Most Valuable Player six times and was a 19 time NBA All-Star. He worked as an assistant for several teams within the league after retiring from play. He helped teams like the Los Angeles Clippers and the Seattle Supersonics.

Outside of basketball, Kareem was also known to be involved with many different interests, having roles in both movies and TV shows. In 2012 he was selected to be a U.S. global cultural ambassador by the Secretary of State. In 2016 U.S. President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom, the highest civilian award of the United States. He has also written several books, ones that help explain his personal life along with aspects of African culture that he was always interested in. He also wrote an autobiography, detailing his life and his unique struggles.

Kareem had been married to Habiba Abdul-Jabbar and he met his wife in his college. The couple gave birth to three children. After 7 years of marriage, the couple decided to separate from each other. Kareem later dated Cheryl Pistono and he had another son with her. Kareem’s total net worth is estimated to be 20 Million American dollars, a culmination of his basketball earnings, endorsement deals, film work, and book deals.

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Quick Facts
Birth Date: 16 Apr, 1947
Age: 72 yrs
Citizenship: United States of America
Birth Place: New York City
residence: Manhattan
New York City
Education: University of California, Los Angeles
Power Memorial Academy
Gender: Male
Description: American basketball player and writer
Twitter Id: Kaj33
Net Worth 2021: 20 million
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Last Modified: Feb 19 2023
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