A former professional basketball player, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has won several accolades in his career. He has played for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. He is hailed as one of the greatest basketball players of all-time. He stands at 7’2” and has been inducted into the College Basketball Hall of Fame and Basketball Hall of Fame. To know more about the net worth of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 2019, read the following article.
Early Life & Biography
Born as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr., Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the son of Cora Lillian and Ferdinand Sr. He was born in April 1947, in New York City. His father was a transit police officer and his mother used to work in a department store. He was born 57 cms long and by age 9, he was 5’8”. He began playing basketball at an early age.
During his high school, he had achieved many accomplishments in basketball. He has led his team in winning several championships. Later, he went to the University of California in Los Angeles. He played there from 1967 to 1969 and was twice named as the Player of the Year. In 1968, he won the Oscar Robertson Trophy. That same year, he converted to Sunni Islam and adopted the name “Kareem”.
In 1971, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar got married to Janie Habiba Brown. The couple has three children, Habiba, Sultana, and Kareem Jr. They divorced in 1978. He was previously in a relationship with Pam Grier and has also dated Cheryl Pistono. With Pistono, he has a son named Adam. He has suffered from migraines and also had a form of leukemia.
Career, Award & Nominations
In the 1969 NBA Draft, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was selected by the Milwaukee Bucks. He also received an offer from the Harlem Globetrotters but declined it. In his debut season, the Bucks finished second in the Eastern Division. He went on to win the NBA Rookie of the Year award. In 1971, NBA MVP Award, the award which he went on to win five more times. In 1974, he was transferred to the Los Angeles Lakers.
He continued with his dominant performance in the late 1970s. In his career, he went on to win the NBA Championship six times. He was named twice as Mr. Basketball USA and is former three-time NCAA Champion. In 1989, he deiced to retire as a professional basketball player. He has received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 and has received several other awards.
Post-NBA, Kareem was appointed as the assistant coach of Lakers. Apart from that, he is also an actor and was first seen in the 1972 movie ‘Game of Death’. His other acting credits include ‘Forget Paris’, ‘Troop Beverly Hills’, ‘Airplane!’, ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’, ‘The Stand’, ‘The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air’, ’21 Jump Street’, and ‘In Living Color’. He was the executive producer of the movie ‘Road to Freedom: The Vernon Johns Story’. He has also appeared in several documentaries and was a contestant of ‘Dancing with the Stars’ in 2018.
Net Worth & Earnings
Imagine the net worth of a person who is an all-time scorer in basketball? Apart from sports, he has also done acting and has appeared in many documentaries, television shows, and movies. He has got a net worth of over $23 million. He is an activist and is also a writer. The books penned by him include ‘Giant Steps’, ‘Kareem’, ‘Black Profiles in Courage’, ‘Brothers in Arms’, ‘What Color Is My World?’, and Writings on the Wall’.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar is a legendary basketball player who achieved many feats as a player. His name is synonymous with the sport of basketball. He is still active in other fields and has got many fans around the world.