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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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.

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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  opens in a new windowIslam in 1971, he changed his name from Lew Alcindor Jr. to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.  opens in a new windowIn Arabic, his name means a noble and powerful servant of Allah.

opens in a new windowWearing number 33, the seven-foot-two-inch center was selected to 19  opens in a new windowNBA 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  opens in a new windowNBA 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.

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