Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spoke as the keynoter for the annual Muslim-cultural Students Association fall event at Northwestern University in Illinois on November 6th. During his speech he touched on a variety of topics that ranged from next year’s presidential election to gun control issues in the United States. Not only did Abdul-Jabbar offer possible solutions to these problems, but he also found some time to talk about his previous experience as a professional basketball player over a number of years.
The New York City native was first recognized for his basketball skills after he helped his team won 71 consecutive wins as a teenager. Abdul-Jabbar then attended UCLA and played on their basketball team where he assisted them in getting to three national championships during this time as a player.He entered the 1969 NBA Draft where he was selected as the first overall pick by the Milwaukee Bucks, and he stayed with the team for six years before going to play for the Los Angeles Lakers where he played for an additional 14 seasons. The six time NBA MVP and NBA champion retired from playing in 1989, but has stayed active in the sports community and also authored 11 books.
Abdul-Jabbar spoke at Northwestern University last month as a part of the campus’ annual Muslim-cultural Students Association and it was a great experience for the students and fans in attendance.
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