LOS ANGELES, CALIF. – April 23, 2014 – As one of Los Angeles’ most beloved heroes and iconic figures, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is best known as the NBA’s All-Time Leading Scorer with 38,387 points. While many around the world consider him to be the greatest basketball player of all time, it is within Los Angeles where Abdul-Jabbar has made the most enduring impression and inspired a strong sense of pride in community.
Abdul-Jabbar continues to define his legacy off the court and inspire the citizens of Los Angeles through the pages of Los Angeles Register, which launched April 16 as a locally focused, community-building daily newspaper serving Los Angeles County. He brings a distinctive local focus and intellectual voice in his new role as columnist of Los Angeles Register, which includes covering interesting facets of life in L.A. – the people, places, pop culture, history and shared experiences.
Abdul-Jabbar’s first column, which ran in the inaugural edition of Los Angeles Register and on his 67th birthday, highlighted his favorite locally-set films that best define L.A. in categories such as top three private detective movies, top three films about the hood and top three film-business movies.
Abdul-Jabbar first announced his column to his 1.5 million Twitter followers on April 16 by saying: “Today is my 67th bday & I want my fans to know only my jersey is retired. My next gig: Columnist, LA Register.”