Duncan repeats as NBA Most Valuable Player

NEW YORK, May 4 (UPI) -- Tim Duncan was named the NBA's Most Valuable Player Sunday, making him the first back-to-back winner of the award in 11 years.

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Report: Duncan to be named MVP

SAN ANTONIO, May 3 (UPI) -- The San Antonio Express-News reported Saturday that Tim Duncan had won the balloting for the NBA's Most Valuable Player award, which would make him the first ba

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Worthy, Parish voted into Hall of Fame

NEW ORLEANS, April 7 (UPI) -- Boston Celtics center Robert Parish and Los Angeles Lakers forward James Worthy headline the list of seven elected to the Basketball Hall of Fame on Monday.

Utah 99, Denver 81

SALT LAKE CITY, March 19 (UPI) -- Matt Harpring scored 22 points and Karl Malone added 18 Tuesday night as the Utah Jazz posted their 14th straight home victory over the Denver Nuggets, 99-81.

Utah 111, Orlando 108

ORLANDO, Fla., March 12 (UPI) -- Karl Malone scored 40 points Wednesday night, became just the second player in NBA history to reach 36,000 and came up with a key steal in the waning seconds to

Film of the Week: 'Cradle 2 the Grave'

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 27 (UPI) -- I had originally guessed that "Cradle 2 the Grave" would be a Masterpiece Theatre-style historical drama about the British Labor Party's creation of an all-enco
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Jordan getting superstar treatment

ATLANTA, Feb. 8 (UPI) -- The league's biggest, brightest - and in some cases, newest - stars will cede center stage at the 52nd annual NBA All-Star Game Sunday to Michael Jordan.

New Orleans 103, Washington 94

NEW ORLEANS, Jan. 23 (UPI) -- Jamal Mashburn had 24 points and eight rebounds and Jamaal Magloire added 16 and 14 Wednesday night as the New Orleans Hornets rolled to a 103-94 victory over t

Washington 84, Atlanta 76

WASHINGTON, Dec. 28 (UPI) -- Jerry Stackhouse scored 29 points and Tyronn Lue added 13 off the bench Saturday night as the Washington Wizards ended a three-game skid with an 84-76 victory o

San Antonio 107, Utah 85

SAN ANTONIO, Nov. 30 (UPI) -- Karl Malone scored his 35,000th career point Saturday night, but struggled through one of the worst shooting games of his career as the Utah Jazz had their six-

Hubie Brown starts as Memphis coach

MEMPHIS, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Hubie Brown was introduced Wednesday as the new coach of the Memphis Grizzlies and said that, "when Jerry West calls you, I hope you know you listen up."
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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)

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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