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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar


1947 Born in New York City on April 16
1966 Leads UCLA freshman team to a 21-0 record, averages 33 points per game
1967 Leads UCLA varsity to NCAA championship
1968 Leads UCLA to a back-to-back NCAA titles; converts from Catholic to Muslim
1969 Leads UCLA to a third straight NCAA title; drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks as the first pick in the first round of the NBA draft
1969-70 Leads Bucks to a 29 victory increase from previous season
1970-71 Leads Bucks to NBA championship; marries Janice "Habiba" Brown; makes legal name change to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
1972 Studies Arabic at Harvard; a daughter, Habiba, is born
1973 Separates from wife Habiba in December
1975 Goes to the Los Angeles Lakers in a trade for four players
1976 A son, Kareem, is born
1977 Leads Lakers to a league-best 53-29 record; divorces Habiba
1978 Becomes the captain of the Lakers
1979 A daughter, Sultana, is born
1980 Leads Lakers to NBA championship
1982 Leads Lakers to NBA championship
1983 Averages 27 points per game for playoffs; loses Bel-Air home in a fire
1985 Leads Lakers to championship; publishes Giant Steps, an autobiography
1986 Signs one-year contract extension for unprecedented 18th season; surpasses 35,000-point milestone
1987 Scores 32 points in the deciding game of the NBA finals; Lakers take the championship
1988 Leads Lakers to a repeat championship
1989 Retires from professional play leaving nine NBA records: 38,387 points scored, 20 seasons played, 5,762 playoff points, 6 MVP awards, 57,446 minutes played, 1,560 games played, 15,837 field goals made, 28,307 field goal attempts, and 3,189 blocked shots
1990 Publishes a memoir, Kareem; Lakers retire Jabbar's jersey, Number 33.
1996 Publishes Black Profiles in Courage
2000 Works at the White Mountain Apache reservation and documents the experience in Season on the reservation : my sojourn with the White Mountain Apache
2000-01 Coaches for NBA
2002 Coaches for the USBL

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