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
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