Despite all of the controversy after legally changing his
name, Kareem’s performance was unscathed as he won his
second consecutive honors as league MVP.
Abdul-Jabbar said Milwaukee was inadequate for his cultural
needs. The Bucks traded him to the Lakers for center Elmore
Smith, guard Brian Winters and rookie blue chippers Dave Myers
and Junior Bridgeman.
Began actively doing Yoga to increase his flexibility for
Appeared as a hulking foe to Bruce Lee in the movie Game of
Earned his 6th honor as league MVP, an NBA record, and the
Lakers won their first of 5 NBA titles in the 80s.
Stars as co-pilot Murdock, a man who tires of being mistaken
for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in the slapstick comedy Airplane.
On April 5 Kareem became the league’s all-time leading
scorer on a 15-foot skyhook to give him 31,420 points, one
more than Wilt Chamberlain scored.
Named by Sports Illustrated as ‘Sportsman of the Year’.
Retired at the age of 42.
Became the first basketball player ever to receive the National
Sports Award presented by President Bill Clinton, and was
inducted into the "Presidential Hall of Fame" along
with four other athletic greats.
Enshrined into the Basketball Hall of Fame.
Volunteers as Alchesay High School basketball coach in the
heart of the Apache Indian Reservation in Whiteriver, Arizona.
His five-month salary totals $1.
Served as assistant coach under Jim Todd of the Los Angeles
Named head coach of the USBL’s Oklahoma Storm. It is
the first head-coaching job for the 54 year-old, who becomes
the fourth coach in three years for the team.
Hired by the New York Knicks