Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Net Worth, Height, Bio, Facts

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Biography
  • Name: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
  • Age: 71 years old
  • Height: 7ft 2in (218 cm)
  • Occupation: Basketball Player
  • Net Worth: US $20 Million
  • Status: Alive

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a retired American professional basketball player. He played at the center position for the Milwaukee Bucks (1969-75) and the Los Angeles Lakers (1975-89). His career highlights include 6x NBA champion, 2x NBA Finals MVP, 6x NBA MVP, 19x NBA All-Star, and 15x All-NBA selection. He’s also an actor, writer and cultural ambassador to the United States. Abdul-Jabbar was born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. on April 16, 1947, in New York City. He’s an only child. His father, Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Sr., was a police officer and musician, and his mother, Cora Lillian, a department store clerk. Abdul-Jabbar attended Power Memorial Academy followed by the University of California, Los Angeles. He graduated in 1969 with a BA degree in history.

Abdul-Jabbar played high school basketball at Power Memorial Academy under coach Jack Donahue. He was referred to as Lew Alcindor. He led the team to 3 consecutive NYC Catholic championships, and a 71 game winning streak. His high school scoring stands at 2,067 points. Abdul-Jabbar continued his basketball career at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He played four seasons for the UCLA Bruins (1966-69) under legendary coach John Wooden. Abdul-Jabbar helped the Bruins to three national championships (1967-69). He developed the “sky-hook” shot during college. His accolades include 3x First Team All-American, 3x NCAA Final Four Most Outstanding Player, and 2x USBWA College Player of the Year. He also became the first player to win the Naismith College Player of the Year Award (1969). His #33 jersey was retired by UCLA, and later by the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers.

Abdul-Jabbar was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks with the 1st overall pick in the 1969 NBA Draft. His rookie contract was valued at $1.4 million. He played a total of 6 seasons with the Bucks from 1969 to 1975. Abdul-Jabbar won the NBA Rookie of the Year Award in 1970. He won his fist NBA championship in 1971, while leading the league in scoring with 2,596 points. He was also named regular season and finals MVP. Abdul-Jabbar spent the remainder of his NBA career with the Los Angeles Lakers (1975-89). He won 5 championships with the Lakers (1980-88), and his second Finals MVP honors in 1985. He played alongside point guard Magic Johnson. Abdul-Jabbar’s NBA highlights include 19 NBA All-Star appearances, and 15x All-NBA team selection. His NBA career total stands at 38,387 points, 17,440 rebounds and 3,189 blocks. He’s constantly ranked as 1 of the 50 greatest NBA players of all time. He was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom (2016) by President Barack Obama.

Outside of basketball, Abdul-Jabbar is an actor and writer. His acting debut was the martial arts film, Game of Death (1972), starring Bruce Lee. Other film roles followed in Airplane! (1980), Fletch (1985), Troop Beverly Hills (1989), and Forget Paris (1995). His television credits include Living Single, Martin, The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Full House, and 21 Jump Street. Abdul-Jabbar’s autobiography ‘Giant Steps’ was published in 1983. It was co-written by Peter Knobler. Other published works include A Season on the Reservation (2000), On the Shoulders of Giants (2007), Writings on the Wall (2016), and Becoming Kareem (2017). In April 2018, Abdul-Jabbar was selected to compete on season 26 of ABC’s Dancing with the Stars. He’s paired with professional dancer Lindsay Arnold.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s height peaked at 7ft 2in. He’s of African-American and Trinidadian (Yoruba) ancestry. He converted to Islam in 1971 at age 24. Abdul-Jabbar has encountered a number of health problems over the years. He’s battled with leukemia, and cardiovascular disease. He also suffers from severe migraines.

Abdul-Jabbar’s personal net worth is estimated at $20 million. He made more than $10 million throughout his NBA career. He also earns from endorsement deals, book sales, and films. Abdul-Jabbar was married to ‘Janice Brown’ from 1971 to 1978. The union resulted in three children, Habiba, Kareem Jr, and Sultana. He has two other children, Adam and Amir.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Bio, Net Worth, Facts
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Age, Birthday, Salary, Wiki

  • Birth Name: Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr.
  • Birthday: April 16, 1947
  • How Old : Age: 71 years old
  • Place of Birth: New York City, New York, United States
  • Zodiac Sign: Aries
  • How Tall : Height: 7ft 2in (218 cm)
  • Occupation: Professional Basketball Player, Actor, Writer
  • Years Active: 1969-1989 (basketball)
  • Net Worth & Salary: US $20 Million
  • Marriage(s): Janice Brown
  • Death-O-Meter: Alive

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