Biography of Basketball Player and Athlete Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The exploits of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor) leave no room for conjecture. Ever since bursting onto the national scene at New York City's Power Memorial High School, he has been magnificent.

A 7'2", 225-lb. center, Jabbar has withstood inordinate pressure. He was a 3-time All-American prep while losing only once in 117 games. Proportionate feats were expected once he enrolled at UCLA to play for John Wooden. UCLA's successful recruiting effort was aided by the work of 2 famous alumni, Dr. Ralph Bunche and Jackie Robinson.

He didn't disappoint them. He was the major factor in the Bruins' 88-2 3-year record (1967-1969) which produced 3 national championships and a 47-game winning streak. In unprecedented fashion, Abdul-Jabbar was selected MVP in all 3 NCAA championship tournaments.

A history major with an IQ of 131, he set collegiate marks for career field-goal percentage (.639) and season (.667). In 3 years, he averaged 26.4 points and 15.5 rebounds.

Due largely to his dominance, the dunk shot was banned after his sophomore year. As a result, he developed a greater variety of shots, enhancing his development as a pro. He stirred controversy by participating in the boycott, by blacks, of the 1968 Olympics.

Following college he signed with the Milwaukee Bucks, with a contract calling for nearly $1 1/2 million. He was the NBA's most celebrated newcomer since Chamberlain, and responded by earning the title of "Rookie of the Year."

The following season, Milwaukee won the league title and Abdul-Jabbar earned the Podoloff Cup. He repeated as Podoloff Cup winner in 1972 and again in 1974. Abdul-Jabbar captured scoring titles in 1971 (31.7) and 1972 (34.8). He has been selected for the NBA All-Star game in each of his 5 seasons. He is unstoppable close to the basket, and uses the dunk, jumper, and hook with great effectiveness.

Abdul-Jabbar (born April 16, 1947) adopted the Islamic faith in 1968 and took his present name in 1971. Many other black athletes have since followed suit.

Abdul-Jabbar, aloof and introspective, is proud of his West Indian heritage. He is devoted to his wife and small daughter, and continually strives to improve himself on and off the court. He has said: "I'll always have pressure, because I set high standards for myself. It's important. You've got to grow."

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