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.


The Hollywood Reporter: Jeff Goldblum, Dr. Phil and the Clumsy Art of Celebrity Contrition

May 6, 2020

After saying something dangerous or ignorant, public figures tend to double down or give snarky non-apologies. The Hollywood Reporter columnist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar offers them some advice. One of Jeff Goldblum’s most famous movie lines is from Jurassic Park, when, as Dr. Ian Malcolm, he admonishes: “Your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could,…

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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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