Throwback Thursday: Happy Birthday, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

VIDEO: Relive Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s storied NBA career

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Today’s Topic: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Birthday

Rare is the person who shares his or her birthday with a moment in their (future) chosen field, but such is the case for NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The Hall of Famer won six MVPs, six NBA championships, is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer and is considered by many to be the best center of all time.

And, apart from those accolades, he also shares his birthday with a bit of NBA lore. He was born in New York on the same day that the opening game of the first NBA Finals was played — with the Philadelphia Warriors defeating the Chicago Stags 84-71 in Game 1.

Abdul-Jabbar went on to play in a record 20 seasons with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers, setting an NBA record for points scored (38,387).

In honor of Abdul-Jabbar turning 68 today, we take a look back at the storied career of one of the best big men in NBA history:

Gallery: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s career

What are your favorite Abdul-Jabbar memories? Leave your comments below!


  1. Katy says:

    Him celebrating after his first win in the Boston Garden.

  2. Katy says:

    THE Sky Hook

  3. Carlton Reid says:

    Happy Birthday Kareem! I met you in the 70’s. I worked at Freedom National Bank.I also recall sitting with you at Sara Butterflied’s birthday party in the upper Westside of the Bronx. Her sofa sat very low and your knees seemed to be higher than your Enjoy your day.

  4. My favorite memory of Kareem’s playing days was when he dominated the Celtics in the 1985 championship. At the time I was a season ticker holder for the Celtics but my all time favorite athlete was Kareem. I first started following his career while he was at UCLA dominating the world of college basketball,and it continued on till his retirement in 1989. I actually had the pleasure of attending his retirement game at the Forum in 1989.At that time I was telling people we will never see another player like him again and here it is 26 years later and that is still true. When was the last time you actually witnessed a 16 foot baseline skyhook,that’s right 26 years ago. Why no player has tried to duplicate that shot still baffles me,but maybe they did try and just couldn’t do it during game situations.All of his accomplishments,his numbers,his domination from high school thru college as well as 20 years in they NBA has left no doubt in my mind that he is the greatest player in the history of the basketball and perhaps the greatest athlete ever.