Kareem Abdul-Jabbar – Biography of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was born on April 16, 1947 in Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, United States. He was the only child of a strict father, Ferdinand, and an overprotective mother, Cora.

Then dominate school basketball in New York with Power Memorial, a team with which he achieved 3 consecutive championships, 71 consecutive victories and a 96-3 aggregate, he enrolled at UCLA where he played for Jonh Wooden’s Bruins.
After not playing his first season, as NCAA rules prevented a rookie from participating in the first varsity team, he was selected as Player of the Year in 1967 and also in 1969 by various magazines.
During a match he suffered a corneal injury, which caused him to wear his signature glasses throughout his career.

The Milwaukee Bucks got the first pick in the NBA Draft in 1969. The Harlem Globe Trotters offered him a million dollars to join them, though Kareem declined and joined the Bucks.
With Alcindor, in the 1969-1970 season, the Bucks came second in the East Division, with a great 56-26 mark.
He received the Rookie of the Year award, averaging 28.8 points per game (second best) and with 14.5 rebounds per game (third best).

In the 1971-1972 season he was the top scorer (34.8 points) and came out as the NBA’s MVA, and the Bucks came out first in the East.
In 1973-1974 he won his third MVP in his fifth year in the league, and was placed in the top 5 in 4 categories: scoring (27 points, third), rebounds (14.5, fourth), blocks (283, second) and percentage. on field goals (.539, second).
Milwaukee returned to the NBA Finals, where he would fall to the Boston Celtics, who were led by Dabe Cowens and a group of players who complemented each other quite well.

Despite his great success with the Bucks, Kareem required that he be transferred to New York or Los Angeles, since in Milwaukee there were not many people who shared his religious and cultural beliefs.
In 1975 he was finally traded to the Los Angeles Lakers.

After Chamberlain’s retirement, the Lakers declined a lot in their level, but with the arrival of Abdul-Jabbar they regained their level.
The following season, with the arrival of Jerry West as coach, he led the team to first place with a 53-29 record, and Kareem would win the MVP again with excellent averages.
The Lakers reached the conference final, where they would be eliminated by the Portland Trail Blazes, who had the fearsome Bill Walton.

In 1979 with the arrival of “Magic” Johnson to the Lakers, the “Showtime” (show game) began in which the Lakers would win 9 division titles in 10 years.
In the first season with Johnson, they won 60 postseason games on their way to the 1980 championship, in which the Lakers continued to show their great game, hand in hand with Kareem and Magic.

During the next 6 seasons Abdul-Jabbar continued to average at least 20 points during the season, although his average fell between 6 and 8.
In April 1984, in a game against the Jazz, Kareem received a pass from Johnson, and scored a shot, which allowed him to score his 31,420 point, surpassing Wilt Chamberlain as the all-time leading scorer.

In the 1986-1987 season they beat the Boston Celtics in the NBA Championship, although Kareem was not playing at his best. That season he averaged less than 20 dpi for the first time in his career.
At age 40 he signed a contract to play for 2 more years, although he would not win any more titles.

Equipment:

Milwaukee Bucks (1969-1975)
Los Angeles Lakers (1975-1989)

Statistics:

Played Matches: 1560 (2nd in NBA)
Field Shot Percentage: 55.9% (8th in NBA)
Free shots: 72.1%
Three points: 5.6% (scored only a career 3-pointer)
Bounces: (17,440, third in history)
Rebounds per game: 11.2 (24th overall)
Assists: 5560 (31st in history)
Assists per game: 3.6
Theft: 1160
Steals per game: 0.74
Plugs: 3189 (3rd in history)
Caps per game: 2.57
Points per game: 24.6 (12th in history)

It has the records of:

Most points in NBA history (38,387)
Most minutes played (57,446)
Most field goals made (15,837)
Most Field Shots Attempted (28,307)
Most times chosen for the All-Star (19)
Most games played in the Playoffs (237)