Becoming Kareem: Growing Up On and Off the Court, co-written by Raymond Obstfeld, Abdul-Jabbar reflects on the various teachers, coaches and mentors who inspired him, revealing the same intuitive grace that he once demonstrated when launching his famous skyhooks.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was never a typical jock. Even when he was still a shy, young basketball phenom at UCLA, he was developing a social conscience by boycotting the 1968 Olympics in Mexico City and beginning a spiritual journey of self-discovery when he converted to Islam. He was a jazz fanatic who studied martial arts under Bruce Lee and, after becoming a professional basketball player in the NBA, he changed his name from Lew Alcindor to Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. In his latest book,