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Kareem Abdul-Jabar is an American former professional basketball player and current assistant coach. Typically referred to as Lew Alcindor in his younger days, he changed his name when he converted to Islam.
Considered one of the greatest players of all time, the 7ft-2in (2.18 m) Abdul-Jabbar played center for UCLA from 1965-69. Later, he played professionally for the Milwaukee Bucks (1969-75) and the Los Angeles Lakers (1975?-89), accumulating 38,387 points, the NBA’s highest career total. He was famous for his “Skyhook” shot which defenders found virtually impossible to block.
He won a record six NBA Most Valuable Player Awards, while playing on six NBA championship teams. In college, while playing for UCLA, he was part of three NCAA championship teams under coach John Wooden. His high school team won 72 consecutive games and his UCLA teams were an unmatched 88-2.