Throwback Thursday: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

VIDEO: Career of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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Today’s Topic: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

On April 5, 1985, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sank a 12-foot skyhook against the Kansas City Kings to up his career scoring total to 31,420 points and pass Wilt Chamberlain for the top spot on the NBA All-Time scoring list.

It was a memorable moment in a career filled with them for Abdul-Jabbar, and we take this Thursday to look back at many of these moments from his incredible NBA career.

(NOTE: Click the “caption” icon below the photo for details about each moment.)

Gallery: Throwback Thursday: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

What’s your favorite Kareem moment? Leave your comments below!


  1. Greg says:

    Great career

  2. ODYSS says:

    Wasn’t it against the Utah Jazz? 🙂

  3. kobe84 says:

    The memory I have is Lew Alcindor as a freshman at UCLA. The freshman beat the crap out of the returning team. Kareem scored 69 in that game. KAJ was the Greatest college player, winning 3 NCAA titles in a row and then became not only the highest scoring player in the history of the NBA but the GOAT!!!!! His career is absolutely the most phenomenal in all of sport! His skyhook was the most sensational weapon!

  4. Carl says:

    As a Knick fan during their great era Kareem was the enemy and he was feared. I was at the Garden in November 72 against the powerful Bucks with the Big O ( Oscar Robertson for you neophytes) , Dandridge and Kareem.
    The Knicks were down 17 with less than 6 minutes to go and led by Earl Monroe scored 18 straight points to win the game. This without 3 pt shots. Kareem is one of the 5 greatest to play. The numbers don’t lie

  5. KAJ says:

    He wrote 1985 instead of 84.