UCLA Honors Basketball Legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Jan 23, 2017

SportsJam guest Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talks about his passions with host Doug Doyle
Credit Doug Doyle for WBGO

UCLA  honored basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at this past Saturday’s game at Pauley Pavilion, the famed court where the center dominated at the college level.  The Bruins won three national championships with his amazing scoring touch.

This past weekend's honor is just one of many accolades the Bruins alumnus has received lately.  Abdul-Jabbar was among 21 recipients of the Presidential Medal of Freedom at a White House Ceremony in November of last year.  The hall of famer also received the Sports Illustrated Muhammad Ali Legacy Award in December in Brooklyn.

Abdul-Jabbar addressed the crowd at half-time of Saturday's game between the Bruins and the Arizona Wildcats.  A private reception was held before the game with his teammates and members of the family of the late Bruins coach John Wooden.

Did you know that Kareem’s first love wasn’t basketball?   Did you know about his passion for history and jazz?  Click above to hear all about it.