Johnson heads list of Hall finalists

SPRINGFIELD, Mass., April 24 (UPI) -- Earvin "Magic" Johnson, named one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History, Wednesday highlighted a group of 14 players and coaches and one team named as final

Wallace NBA Defensive Player of Year

NEW YORK, April 20 (UPI) -- Detroit's Ben Wallace, in the most convincing vote ever, Saturday was named the NBA Defensive Player of the Year after leading the Pistons to the Central Divisi

The Almanac

Today is Tuesday, April 16, the 106th day of 2002 with 259 to follow. The moon is waxing, moving toward its first quarter.
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Utah 112, Cleveland 91

SALT LAKE CITY, March 28 (UPI) -- Karl Malone moved into second place on the all-time field goals list Thursday night as the Utah Jazz never trailed and coasted to a 112-91 victory over the Clev

Milwaukee 92, LA Clippers 86

MILWAUKEE, March 6 (UPI) -- Glenn Robinson scored 22 points and became the second-leading scorer in team history Wednesday night, allowing the Milwaukee Bucks to pull away in the fourth qu

Lakers broadcaster breaks hip

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 18 (UPI) -- Veteran Los Angeles Lakers broacaster Chick Hearn, who underwent heart surgery in December and was to return to work on March 1, broke his hip Sunday and is sla

Utah 90, Chicago 78

SALT LAKE CITY, Jan. 30 (UPI) -- Karl Malone scored 18 points Wednesday night, the last of which gave him 34,000 for his career, as the Utah Jazz dispatched the Chicago Bulls for the ninth stra

Abdul-Jabbar to coach in USBL

MILFORD, Conn., Jan. 25 (UPI) -- NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has agreed to coach the Oklahoma Storm of the United States Basketball League for the 2002 season.

Washington 89, Chicago 83

WASHINGTON, Jan. 4 (UPI) -- Facing his former team for the first time Friday night, Michael Jordan continued his scoring binge with 19 of his 29 points in the second quarter and reached 30

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Issel suspended for ethnic slur
By United Press International

Larry Costello dies of cancer

MILWAUKEE, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Larry Costello, who won championships with Wilt Chamberlain as a player and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar as a coach, died Tuesday. He was 70.
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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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