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Unveiling set for Kareem's Staples statue

LOS ANGELES, Sept. 1 (UPI) -- Kareem Abdul-Jabbar will be the next Los Angeles sports star to be immortalized with a statue outside Staples Center, the Lakers announced.

Lakers to retire O'Neal, Wilkes jerseys

EL SEGUNDO, Calif., Aug. 31 (UPI) -- The Los Angeles Lakers announced plans to retire the jerseys of Shaquille O'Neal and Jamaal Wilkes this season.
Report: LeBron James wins MVP award

Report: LeBron James wins MVP award

MIAMI, May 11 (UPI) -- Miami Heat forward LeBron James will be named as the most valuable player in the NBA, The Miami Herald reported Friday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Monday, April 16, 2012.
By United Press International
NBA: Los Angeles Lakers 108, Chicago 93

NBA: Los Angeles Lakers 108, Chicago 93

LOS ANGELES, Nov. 20 (UPI) -- Pau Gasol had 24 points and 13 rebounds Thursday in his first appearance of the season to lead the Los Angeles Lakers to a 108-93 win over Chicago.

NBA: Milwaukee 129, Golden State 125

MILWAUKEE, Nov. 15 (UPI) -- Milwaukee rookie Brandon Jennings exploded for 55 points Saturday in the Bucks' 129-125 win over the Golden State Warriors.
Abdul-Jabbar says he has leukemia

Abdul-Jabbar says he has leukemia

NEW YORK, Nov. 10 (UPI) -- Former college and professional basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says he has a form of blood cancer.
NBA: Cleveland 107, New York 102

NBA: Cleveland 107, New York 102

NEW YORK, Feb. 4 (UPI) -- LeBron James poured in 52 points and recorded a triple-double Wednesday, allowing Cleveland to fight off New York 107-102.
'Footloose,' 'Airplane!' casts to reunite

'Footloose,' 'Airplane!' casts to reunite

NEW YORK, Sept. 5 (UPI) -- The casts of the classic 1980s movies "The Big Chill," "Footloose" and "Airplane!" are scheduled to reunite on the "Today" show in New York, NBC said Friday.

NBA Finals begin Thursday

BOSTON, June 4 (UPI) -- The Boston Celtics and Los Angeles Lakers, who make up the most tradition-bound rivalry pro basketball, open the NBA Finals Thursday.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, April 16, 2008.
By United Press International

Obama tribute video gets 6 million views

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- A video by Will.i.am and George Pajon, Jr., in support of U.S. presidential hopeful Barack Obama has been viewed an estimated 6 million times.

The Almanac

UPI almanac for Monday, April 16, 2007.
By United Press International

NBA: Houston 102, LA Lakers 77

HOUSTON, Jan. 10 (UPI) -- Juwan Howard produced his best game of the season so far with 23 points and 11 rebounds Wednesday night as Houston defeated the Los Angeles Lakers, 102-77.

Dwyane Wade is SI Sportsman of the Year

NEW YORK, Dec. 4 (UPI) -- Dwyane Wade, who led the Miami Heat to the NBA title last season, has been selected the Sports Illustrated Sportsman of the Year.
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar signs copies of his new book "On The Shoulders of Giants" at Borders Books in New York on January 30, 2007. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)
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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Ferdinand Lewis "Lew" Alcindor, Jr., April 16, 1947) is an American retired basketball player, coach, actor, and author. During his career with the NBA's Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers from 1969 to 1989, Abdul-Jabbar scored more points than any other player in league history, won six NBA championships and a record six regular season MVP Awards. In college at UCLA, he played on three championship teams, and his high school team won 71 consecutive games. At the time of his retirement, Abdul-Jabbar was the NBA's all-time leader in points scored, games played, minutes played, field goals made, field goal attempts, blocked shots, defensive rebounds, and personal fouls.

Abdul-Jabbar was born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr on April 16, 1947, and grew up in Manhattan in New York City, the only child of Cora Lillian, a department store price checker, and Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Sr, a transit police officer and jazz musician. At birth, he weighed 12 pounds, 10 ounces (5.73 kg), and was twenty-two and a half inches (57.2 cm) long. He was raised as a Catholic and attended St. Jude School in the Inwood section of Manhattan. Later in life he converted to Islam. He initially joined the Nation of Islam in 1968, before retaking the Shahada and converting to Sunni Islam that same summer.

From an early age he began his record-breaking basketball accomplishments. In high school, he led Power Memorial Academy to three straight New York City Catholic championships, a 71-game winning streak, and a 79–2 overall record.

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