Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an American former professional basketball player who played for 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers.
During his career as a center, Abdul-Jabbar was a record six-time NBA Most Valuable Player.
He was a 19-time NBA All-Star—tied for the most ever—a 15-time All-NBA Team member, and an 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team selection.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Parents: Meet Cora Lillian, Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Sr
Kareem was the only child of Cora Lillian, a department store price checker, and Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Sr., a transit police officer, and jazz musician, and was born in Harlem, New York City.
He grew up in the Dyckman Street projects in Upper Manhattan’s Inwood neighborhood, which he moved to when he was three years old.
Alcindor weighed 12 lb 11 oz (5.75 kg) and measured 22+12 inches (57 cm) at birth. He was always exceptionally tall for his age. He was 5 ft 8 in (1.73 m) tall by the age of nine.
Because of the stares and comments about his height, Alcindor was frequently depressed as a teenager. He had grown to 6 ft 8 in (2.03 m) by the eighth grade (age 13-14) and could already slam dunk a basketball.