King of the Court

November 6, 2017
FROM LEFT: GARY GERSHOFF—WIREIMAGE/GETTY IMAGES; NATAKI HEWLING FOR TIME FOR KIDS

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a 7-foot-2-inch activist, actor, film producer, and best-selling author. He’s also a six-time NBA champion and the league’s all-time leading scorer. But before all the awards and fame, Abdul-Jabbar, now 70, was just a shy kid from New York City. He tried to please his parents and struggled to fit in at school. Then he discovered his talent on the basketball court.

In Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court, Abdul-Jabbar writes about the moments and people who have inspired him. In 1983, Abdul-Jabbar wrote an autobiography, but according to him, a lot has changed in the past 34 years. “Becoming Kareem includes so many details, observations, and revelations that I was unable to see the first time around,” he writes.