The Writings of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American icon, legendary NBA champion and recipient of the 2016 Presidential Medal of Freedom. Among his long list of accomplishments, he is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer, a 6x NBA champion, the league’s only 6x MVP and recipient of 2 Columnist of the Year Awards in (2017 & 2018) by the Southern California Journalism Awards.

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Op-Ed: Don’t understand the protests? What you’re seeing is people pushed to the edge

May 30, 2020

What was your first reaction when you saw the video of the white cop kneeling on George Floyd’s neck while Floyd croaked, “I can’t breathe”? If you’re white, you probably muttered a horrified, “Oh, my God” while shaking your head at the cruel injustice. If you’re black, you probably leapt to your feet, cursed, maybe Read More »

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"Kareem’s op-ed on racism resonated hugely with our readers as few pieces have done. More than 3 million people read the piece on our website."

Sue Horton OpEd Editor LA Times

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on His Love of History, Youth Sports and Which Books Everyone Should Read (Smithsonian Magazine)

July 20, 2016

At this point, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has spent more of his life as a best-selling author than a pro-basketball player. But for Abdul-Jabbar, who still holds the NBA’s career scoring record, the second act as a writer isn’t so much something new as the continuation of an inquisitiveness that preceded his status as living sports legend.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Athletes Aren’t Dumb Jocks—We’re the Face of Change (TIME)

July 14, 2016

As LeBron James, Carmelo Anthony, Dwyane Wade and Chris Paul proved in their ESPYs speech last night, athletes must advocate for justice.

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Time: Athletes Aren’t Dumb Jocks—We’re the Face of Change

July 14, 2016

As someone involved with professional sports for most of my life, I’m gratified to see that pro athletes and sports organizations are finally being embraced as leaders against social injustice. Wednesday night, NBA players Carmelo Anthony, Chris Paul, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James opened the ESPY Awards with a call for athletes—and everyone—to work toward Read More »

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Time: There Is Terror on Both Sides of the Badge

July 13, 2016

I’ve often explained my passion for history to my friends by quoting American philosopher George Santayana: “Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” The events of the past have the power to guide us to correct our failings so we don’t reprise the same painful mistakes. That simple concept of not Read More »

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Case File Reveals A Mycroft Holmes Mystery

July 1, 2016

Not content with being an NBA legend and columnist for the Washington Post, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is adding a new career to his resume: comic book writer, as he explores one of his lesser-known passions, the mythology of Sherlock Holmes, and particularly the career of Holmes’ brother, Mycroft…

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Time: What ‘Game of Thrones’ Says About Our Election Nightmares

July 1, 2016

The last two episodes of Game of Thrones serve as a perfect parallel of the meh attitude of a majority of Americans toward our presidential choices: one brought back from the dead (of 2008) and the other wanting to feed his enemies (journalists, Mexicans, Muslims, women) to the dogs. The show is a subtle panorama of the Read More »

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KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR COMES TO COMICS WITH “MYCROFT HOLMES”

June 27, 2016

Not content with being an NBA legend and columnist for the Washington Post, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is adding a new career to his resume: comic book writer, as he explores one of his lesser-known passions, the mythology of Sherlock Holmes, and particularly the career of Holmes’ brother, Mycroft…

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Time: Trump and ISIS Depend on Irrationality

June 15, 2016

“We are deranged,” laments the narrator of Karl Shapiro’s poem “Auto Wreck” as he stands with other rattled witnesses beside a bloody car accident. “Our throats were tight as tourniquets,/Our feet were bound with splints.” That’s how most Americans feel following the mass shooting at an Orlando nightclub. We are deranged, the walking wounded—collateral damage Read More »

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The Hollywood Reporter: Muhammad Ali, the Entertainer With an Edge (Guest Column)

June 7, 2016

SGranitz/WireImage (Kareem Abdul Jabbar (left), Muhammad Ali) The basketball hall of famer and Ali’s friend writes that no one understood sports as entertainment or knew how to bring politics into it better than the heavyweight champion, who died Friday. Professional sports today is as much show business as it is athletics. It is a form Read More »

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Time: Muhammad Ali Became a Big Brother to Me—and to All African-Americans

June 6, 2016

When I first met Muhammad Ali, he was performing magic tricks on Hollywood Boulevard. I was a freshman at UCLA walking along the street with two of my school buddies when we saw him strolling with a small entourage, doing sleight-of-hand illusions for fans who came up to him. This was 1966 and Ali, only Read More »

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