Throwback Thursday: Kareem enters the Hall of Fame

VIDEO: Relive the best moments from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s career

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Today’s Topic: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar enters the Hall of Fame


The all-time leading scorer in NBA history, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, got his moment of hoops immortality on May 15, 1995 when he was inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. Abdul-Jabbar was among seven individuals — which included Vern Mikkelsen, former NBA coach John Kundla and former NBA referee Earl Strom — to be inducted into that HOF class.

Throughout his career, Abdul-Jabbar set many records and redefined what center play in the NBA was like in the 1970s and ’80s. To honor his Hall of Fame moment, we take this Throwback Thursday to look back at Abdul-Jabbar’s storied career.

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

Gallery: TBT: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s career

What do you most remember about Abdul-Jabbar? Leave your comments below!


  1. InThePaint says:

    The amazing Sky Hook!

  2. kobe84 says:

    I remember Lew Alcindor with the freshmen UCLA team, beating the returning Varsity UCLA team (a team that won NCAA championship the year before). That was the first time I had ever seen KAJ play and I knew he would be something special!!!!

    Have a terrific life, KAJ. God bless you and yours!

  3. Balthazar says:

    Got to love how hard he worked to play long as his he did. Also a great team player, thank you for everything KAREEM

  4. - says:

    He’s not Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. His name is ROGER MURDOCH . He’s an airline pilot.

  5. WD says:

    Underrated and under appreciate of that is possible never mentions among the greats. Tremendous player for over two decades

  6. LaMont Melrose says:

    Kareem was incredible…he changed the game with that defense-proof shot! I entered into the basketball living perfecting that shot in the 7th grade! Thanks for all the memories big fella…God bless you!

  7. lakerswin says:

    Although I’ve been an admirer since my early teens in the sixties, you were the reason I became a loyal Laker fan for 30 plus years and counting. You changed the game and was the epitome of intelligent, disciplined and entertaining basketball. The NBA hasn’t seen anyone even come close to perfecting your Sky Hook, and I don’t see another Showtime team developing in this present generation. Your basketball legacy will be intact as long as there is basketball being played anywhere….