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.


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



The Guardian: How sports tactics can help the Democrats beat Donald Trump in 2020

October 15, 2019

During my NBA career I played for plenty of teams who protected the lead. But it’s a strategy that can backfire if a team don’t exploit their strengths The relationship between sports and society has always been about more than exercise and entertainment. As the popularity of sports movies and TV shows attests, it’s also Read More »

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The Hollywood Reporter: Scorsese Isn’t Wrong About Marvel (He Isn’t Right, Either)

October 11, 2019

Vittorio Zunino Celotto/Getty Images (Martin Scorsese) The director wasn’t denigrating superhero films so much as stating the obvious, writes the NBA great and Hollywood Reporter columnist. Director Martin Scorsese’s claim to Empire magazine that Marvel films aren’t “cinema” is like saying the novel Fifty Shades of Grey isn’t “literature.” He’s technically wrong — but he’s culturally right. And all Read More »

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The Hollywood Reporter: Why the ‘Joker’ Gun Violence Protests Miss the Mark

October 2, 2019

Warner Bros. Pictures Though supportive of their goals, the Hollywood Reporter columnist (and gun owner) argues that survivors of shootings are targeting the wrong film with the wrong strategy, “setting a bad precedent for all activist groups.” In Alan Moore’s brilliant graphic novel, Batman: The Killing Joke, the Joker justifies his psychopathic behavior by philosophizing that Read More »

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The Hollywood Reporter: Bruce Lee Was My Friend, and Tarantino’s Movie Disrespects Him

August 16, 2019

Alamy Stock Photo (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Bruce Lee during the filming of ‘Game of Death,’ released in 1978.) The NBA great and Hollywood Reporter columnist, a friend of the late martial arts star, believes the filmmaker was sloppy, somewhat racist and shirked his responsibility to basic truth in ‘Once Upon a Time in Hollywood.’ Remember Read More »

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The Hollywood Reporter: What I Learned Writing for ‘Veronica Mars’

August 15, 2019

Maria Corte The Hollywood Reporter columnist reflects on his recent stint as a new television scribe: “It all had that same fast-break-no-look-pass feel of the Showtime Lakers working unconsciously together.” When it was announced in September that I would be joining the writing staff of Hulu’s rebooted Veronica Mars series, some people took it as a sign that Read More »

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The Guardian: Basketball is my first love, but the athleticism of beach volleyball is amazing

July 29, 2019

The sport has come a long way since it was an excuse to hang out at the beach with a beer. The skills of its athletes are breathtaking Not many people know that my friend and mentor Wilt Chamberlain was not just one of the greatest basketball players who ever lived, he was also a world-class Read More »

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The Guardian: Why the Toronto Raptors’ title is a victory for the NBA, Canada … and the US

June 17, 2019

As basketball expands around the world it helps educate those abroad and at home that other cultures are not to be feared Folklore tells us that if you can see your initials in a spider’s web, you have good fortune ahead. Maybe the NBA saw their initials in the hoop net last Thursday because the Read More »

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The Guardian: Athletes are shot dead all the time in the US. It makes grim, tragic sense

May 10, 2019

Three young athletes were shot to death in the last week alone. When you factor in race, guns and politics in the US, tragedies are inevitable ” A senseless act of violence.” That’s how University of New Mexico athletic director Eddie Nuñez described the 4 May shooting death of 23-year-old UNM baseball player Jackson Weller. Read More »

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The Hollywood Reporter: What’s Really “Black” About All These Black Movie Remakes?

May 2, 2019

Illustration by Maria Corte The Hollywood Reporter’s columnist looks at two new takes on originally white-cast films — ‘What Men Want’ and ‘Little’ — and sees the needle of racial equality nudging forward “a bit.” Hollywood has a long history of metamorphizing movies that featured white casts into movies with predominantly black casts. Most famously, The Read More »

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: How Misbehaving Stars Use Their Kids as Brand-Enhancing Props

April 19, 2019

When the famous bribe their kids into college or parade them on TV they are really using the façade of a perfect family to burnish their own image and justify their own bad behavior. We’ve all seen horrendous news reports of desperate parents leaping into a roiling ocean to save their drowning children — only Read More »

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