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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Fast Facts

CNN Library Here is a look at the life of philanthropist, best-selling author and NBA Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
Monday, April 15th 2019, 3:31 PM EDT
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Here is a look at the life of philanthropist, best-selling author and NBA Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Personal:
Birth date: April 16, 1947

Birth place: New York, New York

Birth name: Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr.

Father: Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, transit police officer and jazz musician

Mother: Cora Alcindor, department store clerk

Marriage: Habiba Brown (May 28, 1971-1983, divorced)

Children: Mother’s name unavailable publicly: Adam; with Cheryl Pistono: Amir; with Habiba Brown: Kareem Jr., Habiba and Sultana

Education: University of California, Los Angeles, B.A. in history, 1969

Other Facts:
Member of three UCLA Bruins national championship teams, 1967, 1968 and 1969.

Known for his “skyhook” shot, which he developed as a response to the NCAA ban on the dunk shot. It is a difficult shot to defend as the ball is released at the top of the arc.

After converting to Islam in 1971, he changed his name from Lew Alcindor Jr. to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In Arabic, his name means a noble and powerful servant of Allah.

Wearing number 33, the seven-foot-two-inch center was selected to 19 NBA All-Star games during 20 seasons in the pros, five times with the Milwaukee Bucks and 14 times with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Won six NBA championships: once with the Milwaukee Bucks, in 1971, and five times with the Los Angeles Lakers, in 1980, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1988.

Won six NBA MVP awards: 1971, 1972, 1974, 1976, 1977, 1980.

Career NBA records include most field goals made: 15,837; most points: 38,387; and most minutes played: 57,446.

He has authored several biographical and cultural books and has appeared in numerous films and TV shows.