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…

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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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Why I Have Mixed Feelings about MLK Day by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

January 19, 2015

I have mixed emotions about Martin Luther King Jr. Day. For me, it’s a time of hopeful celebration — but also of cautionary vigilance. I celebrate an extraordinary man of courage and conviction and his remarkable achievements and hope that I can behave in a manner that honors his sacrifices. And while Dr. King still has his delusional detractors, who have a dream of dismissing his impact on history, it’s not them I worry about…

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Basketball News from London: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Q&A with Metro Newspaper London

January 16, 2015

The NBA legend was one of the greatest centres ever to play basketball. The 67-year-old was a six-time NBA champion and 19-time All-Star. He has since become an actor, author and a US global cultural embassador.   Recent News [recent_posts type=”post” category=”news” count=”3″ offset=”1″ orientation=”horizontal” no_image=”fals” fade=”false”]

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: These Terrorist Attacks Are Not About Religion

January 15, 2015

When the Ku Klux Klan burns a cross in a black family’s yard, Christians aren’t required to explain how these aren’t really Christian acts.

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Jacobin: College Athletes of the World, Unite

November 12, 2014

When I played basketball for UCLA, I learned the hard way how the NCAA’s refusal to pay college athletes impacted our daily lives. Despite the hours I put in every day, practicing, learning plays, and traveling around the country to play games, and despite the millions of dollars our team generated for UCLA — both…

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The Aging of Aquarius

November 5, 2014

Those rebellious boomers of the ’60s are ready for AARP. As aging movie star Bette Davis once warned, “Old age ain’t no place for sissies.” Amen, sister. Not that I’m anywhere near that “place.” But I can see its dilapidated porch and neglected lawn from here, and I’m not looking forward to arriving. Most Baby…

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: American Politicians Are A Greater Threat to Democracy Than ISIS

November 2, 2014

The lying campaign ads, shady voter ID laws and sanctioned dishonesty should be illegal—and those complicit should be arrested. The upcoming mid-term elections should inspire a swell of patriotic pride in our hearts as we Americans dutifully cast our precious votes to reshape our national priorities and values. This is the American democratic ideal in…

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The OC Register: Grading four new TV mysteries

October 19, 2014

While I was on the road with the Lakers, I spent much of my travel time reading history books and mysteries. To me, history and mystery books share very similar qualities. They both are filled with villains seeking to exploit others through violence and secret manipulation and heroes determined to discover the truth and vanquish…

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Bruce Levenson Isn’t a Racist; He’s a Businessman

September 13, 2014

Sure, there are assumptions he makes that are cringeworthy—but the questions about how to attract more white fans were entirely reasonable. Well, the pitchforks are already sharpened and the torches lit anyway, so rather than let them go to waste, why not drag another so-called racist before the court of public opinion and see how…

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The Rotarian: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Three Rules of Retirement

February 1, 2014

I played professional basketball for 20 years, from 1969 to 1989, which means I’ve been retired for 25 years. Technically, I’ve been retired for longer than I’ve worked. But in those 25 years of “retirement,” I’ve experienced more adventures, accomplished more goals, and affected more people in a meaningful way than I did during my…

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