Thank You

I’d like to thank all the well-wishers who reached out to wish me a happy birthday. It is different from those days when they went by with impunity. But in any event it’s nice to know you guys care. I’ve yet to figure out what beach to go to but we’ve found the Dragon Inn film I would like to …


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My Birthday Wishes

(Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Muhammad Ali) I’ve come to that time of the year again. Tomorrow, Wednesday the 16th, I turn 61. My manager Deborah Morales asked me to name three wishes for this year’s event. I’m trying to keep it simple, so here it goes. I would like a quiet tropical vacation. Beach access is a must. I would like …


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Horton Hears a Racist

(Michelle and Barack with daughters Malia and Sasha) Barack Obama is my choice for president. I’ve already explained why in previous blogs. But if Obama isn’t elected, it would be hard to blame racism. Republicans aren’t going to vote for him, not because he’s black, but because, even worse, he’s a Democrat. And for the most part, Obama has garnered …


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My Interview with Carole King

I was treated to some fine singing while doing a skit for “The Colbert Report.” None other than Carole King was the lady at the piano, and it was a treat to hear her perform some tunes from her venerable songbook. “Tapestry” was album of the year in 1971 and was awarded three other Grammys that same year. “You’ve Got …


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Me, digital?!

I am in the center of a campaign for the iPhone. It’s at the end of an odyssey for me, since I have come into the digital age drip by drip.  I was one of those parents who watched as my children became computer savvy and comfortable with a new technology that has changed the way people communicate. I will …


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Elections 2008, who is your choice?

I have been answering questions for a long time, and I think it is time to ask you one: “Who would you vote for president? As you all know Obama is my choice for president for all the reasons mentioned in my past posts. Now, what is your choice? Who will have the privilege to receive your vote?” <br /> …


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The Weight of Your World: How Proper Eating Can Help You Lose It

(Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) Certain things are inevitable.  Death and taxes, of course.  A famous athlete will indignantly deny using steroids, then get caught.  An A-list actor will go on all the talk shows and brag about how proud he is of his new movie—and it will suck.  Reality shows will multiply like randy rabbits.  A politician will be caught up in …


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A Mystery Lesson

I love mysteries.  I’m a huge fan of the Sherlock Holmes stories, as well as hard-boiled writers like Chester Himes, Raymond Chandler, and Dashiell Hammett.  Desperate criminals chased down mean streets by world-weary detectives, now that’s entertainment.  That’s why I’m especially excited that Raymond Obstfeld, my friend and co-writer of “On the Shoulders of Giants,” has just published a suspense …


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Herbie Hancock’s River: The Joni Letters: Smooth sailing Kareem_hancock

It’s easy to dislike Herbie Hancock.  The man is 67 and looks 40!  (Someone needs to check his attic for that hidden Dorian Gray portrait.)  But then you listen to his music and you are immersed in a variety of emotions—love, melancholy, desire, thoughtful introspection—but none of them are alike.  In fact, it’s just the opposite.  You experience such a …


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My thoughts on UCLA

Video Credit: Courtesy of UCLA My eyes were seeing it, but I couldn’t believe what I saw. I had stumbled across my grade school graduation – autograph book and saw in the “favorite college slot” UCLA. This choice was made by me at a time that I couldn’t recall. A time before I was an accomplished basketball player with scholarships …


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The Lakers Gotta Have Heart

After watching the Lakers I was reminded of the song from “Damn Yankees,” “You Gotta Have Heart.” Last night the Lakers were enhanced by the return of center Pau Gasol. Gasol has been out with an injured ankle since March 14, and his absence created the worst of situations for the Lakers. When they acquired Gasol from Memphis, he was …


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Nostalgia and Dodger Blue

(Pamela Anderson, Jaime and Frank McCourt, Kareem and Billy Crystal) The retro baseball at the Los Angeles Coliseum on Saturday, March 29, was a blast, although I totally embarrassed myself. I thought, I was a fair to middling Little League pitcher. So, when I was suddenly called upon to throw out the first pitch before the second inning, I thought …


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My Thoughts on UCLA in the Final Four

The last time I attended the NCAA Finals was in 2006 when UCLA played the Florida Gators for the championship. As I was walking down the tunnel with Bill Walton to enter the stadium my cellphone rang. It was Coach Wooden’s family calling to let me know Coach was in the hospital in serious condition. I was stunned as I …


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Exclusive Interview With Donald Trump on the Eve of ‘The Celebrity Apprentice’ Finale

(Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Donald Trump and Deborah Morales) My interest in “Celebrity Apprentice” is more than just the fun of seeing these dignified celebrities battle it out with such intensity.  I’m also interested in how these icons that have achieved so much professional success and are willing to put themselves on the line in order to benefit their personal charities. My …


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Dr. George Grant: Golf Fit Him to a Tee

(Tiger Woods for the WGC CA Championship at the Doral Golf Resort and Spa, in Miami.) My relationship with golf is rather distant. I can enjoy watching but I don’t have the desire to spend my free time on the course or at the range. I’m from the Mark Twain school of golf. Mark Twain described golf as “a fine …


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