Full Name: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Born: Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor
Nicknames: "The Big Fella", "Lew", "Cap"
Jersey Number: 33
Birth date: April 16, 1947
Place of Birth: New York, NY, USA
NBA Seasons: 20
Team Titles won:
NBA Championships: 6 - Bucks: 1970-71, Lakers: 1979-80, 1981-82, 1984-85, 1986-87, 1987-88
Personal Titles and Awards:
- NBA Regular Season MVP: 6 - 1970-71, 1971-72, 1973-74, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1979-80
- NBA leader in rebounding: 1 - (1975-76)
- NBA leader in blocked shots: 4 - (1974-75, 1975-76, 1978-79, 1979-80)
- All NBA First Team: 10 - 1970-71/1973-74, 1975-76, 1976-77, 1979-80, 1980-81, 1983-84, 1985-86
- NBA All-Defensive First Team: 5 - 1973-74, 1974-75, 1978-79, 1979-80, 1980-81)
- Selected for NBA All-Star Game: 19 (NBA Record) - 1969-70/1976-77, 1978-79/1988-89
- One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1980)
- One of 50 Greatest Players in NBA History (1996)
- Inducted into Hall of Fame as Player in 1995
- Holds NBA career records for total points (38,387), minutes (57,446), field goals made (15,837), field goals attempted (28,307), Season MVPs (6) and selections for the All-Star Game (19).
- He is 2nd in total blocks (3189) and games played (1560), 3rd in total rebounds (17,440) and is only below Michael Jordan in total points in playoffs (5,762)
1989 - His professionalism and an almost injury-free career allowed him to became the first player in NBA history to play 20 seasons. He led his teams to 10 finals in that period. When he retired he was at the top of nine NBA statistical categories, including points scored, seasons played, playoff scoring, MVP awards (6), minutes played (57,446), games played, field goals made and attempted and blocked shots.
1987 - He taught the basics of his famous "Sky-Hook" to teammate Magic Johnson who used his own version, also known as the "baby-hook" for the winning basket of game 4 in the Finals against the Boston Celtics.
1985 - The 1985 Finals against the Celtics began in the worst way with an embarrassing 148-114 defeat. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, then 38 years old, took the blame for himself and promised his teammates they would never see such a lack of effort from him again. The next game he showed the road to the championship with 30 points, 17 rebounds, 8 assists and 3 steals. The Lakers won the series 4-2 and Abdul-Jabbar got his second MVP, 14 years after his first, when he was 24 and was still known as Lew Alcindor.
1984 - As a symbol of his career, it was a sky-hook that made him the historical leader in points in the NBA. It was on April 14, 1984 against the Utah Jazz who where playing a home game at the Thomas and Mack Center on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. Kareem caught the ball from Magic, faked to his right, went to his left and from the baseline released his trademark shot to add two points to his personal record that raised to 31,420, one point more than Wilt Chamberlain's NBA record. The mark was never surpassed, Karl Malone was near but he retired, and the active player that is closer is Shaquille O'Neal but he needs another 15,000 points.
1974 - Although the Bucks lost the Finals against the Boston Celtics that year, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's sky hook in double overtime in Game 6 won the game 102-101 and is considered one of the greatest NBA finals moments.
Other interesting information:
- The Bucks won the coin toss for the first overall choice in the 1969 NBA Draft over the Phoenix Suns. The Bucks selected Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with that pick.
- He was born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor but he converted from Catholicism to Islam and before the 1971-72 NBA season he took the name Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, which means "noble, powerful servant".
- He played many roles in the movies and the TV. The most remembered are co-pilot Murdock, a man tired of being mistaken for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the famous comedy "Airplane" and the giant Hakim, who fights Bruce Lee in the movie "Game of Death".
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