NPR’s Lulu Garcia-Navarro talks to writer and sports legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar about his book, Coach Wooden and Me, about his 50-year relationship with his UCLA basketball coach John Wooden.
“Kareem, to me, is one of the most underrated leaders of our generation…”
Linkin Park enlisted Pusha T, the English grime MC Stormzy and former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar for their new “Good Goodbye” clip. In the video, Abdul-Jabbar directs a supernatural dunk contest, where some contestants have flaming heads and exceptional jumping abilities.
On Tuesday, April 4th, Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame member, philanthropist and best-selling author Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was welcomed by a sold out crowd of nearly 5,000 in Mount Union’s McPherson Academic and Athletic Complex.
FRIDAY, MAY 5, 2017
The John Lyman Center for the Performing Arts
“They might not look like you,” the basketball legend and author said Tuesday in Kalamazoo. “They might come from a totally different tradition. But they have the same goals and they believe in the (U.S.) Constitution and equal protection under the law. That appeals to everybody and most people wouldn’t stay here if that wasn’t the case.”
This was the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar we never got to see during his six seasons in Milwaukee in the 1970s, when he almost single-handedly put the Bucks on the map, led the franchise to its only NBA title and redefined the center position, terrorizing opponents with his signature “skyhook” shot.
Becoming Kareem is my most personal book because in it I detail my struggles growing up—literally and figuratively—to develop from a classic Good Boy trying to be what others want me to be to finding my own voice and becoming who I want to be.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was in Milwaukee Thursday to talk about more than basketball. The University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Muslim Student Association lead the charge to get the athlete to speak.
Basketball legend turned author and political activist Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will give a speech and take questions March 2 at the Milwaukee Theatre as the guest of the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee Distinguished Lecture Series and the Muslim Student Association.