As playoff time approaches and the excitement of the current NBA season reaches its peak, we take a moment to wish one of the greatest ever to touch the court Kareem Abdul Jabbar a speedy recovery. The legendary Lakers big man underwent a quadruple coronary bypass surgery this morning and is expected to be back on his feet moving around in no time. The UCLA Medical team took wonderful care of the Hall of Famer and he made sure to show his appreciation with the following:
“At this time, Abdul-Jabbar would like to thank his surgical team and the medical staff at UCLA, his alma mater, for the excellent care he has received.”
Abdul-Jabbar was a six-time MVP, six-time NBA champion and 19-time All-Star. He is the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. No NBA player had ever scored more points, blocked more shots, won more Most Valuable Player Awards, played in more All-Star Games or logged more seasons than the man formerly known as Lew Alcindor. His presence was felt before he even entered the league, the NCAA banned dunking because of his dominance. They may not admit to it but we all know it as the “Lew Alcindor rule” only adding to the incredible legacy of John Wooden and the streak of UCLA championships.
“The only way to beat Alcindor is to hope for the three Fs. Foreign court, friendly officials and foul out Alcindor.” – Notre Dame Coach Johnny Dee.
Get Well Soon Kareem, we appreciate everything you have contributed on and off the court.