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Baby Boomer Celebrity Birthdays April 16

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Kareem Abdul Jabbar's Sky Hook

Baby Boomer Celebrity Birthdays April 16

1947 (64) Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Basketball star…

at UCLA and with the Los Angeles Lakers, boomers remember when he was Lew Alcindor

Abdul-Jabbar was born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor Jr. in New York City, two years after the end of World War II. He was the only child of an overprotective mother and a strict father whose impassivity, some say, Alcindor grew to resent. Far and away the tallest kid in the Harlem school system, Alcindor was viewed as something of a freak by his schoolmates. After dominating New York high school basketball at the now defunct Power Memorial, he enrolled at UCLA and played for John Wooden’s powerhouse Bruins.

When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar left the game in 1989 at age 42, no NBA player had ever scored more points, blocked more shots, won more Most Valuable Player Awards, played in more All-Star Games or logged more seasons. His list of personal and team accomplishments is perhaps the most awesome in league history: Rookie of the Year, member of six NBA championship teams, six-time NBA MVP, two-time NBA Finals MVP, 19-time All-Star, two-time scoring champion, and a member of the NBA 35th and 50th Anniversary All-Time Teams. He also owned eight playoff records and seven All-Star records. No player achieved as much individual and team success as did Abdul-Jabbar.

Players 10 years his junior couldn’t keep up with Abdul-Jabbar, whose strict physical-fitness regimen was years ahead of its time in the NBA. But if others have since emulated his fitness regimen, no player has ever duplicated his trademark “sky-hook.” Although labeled “unsexy” by Abdul-Jabbar himself, the shot became one of the most effective weapons in all of sports. An all-around player, Abdul-Jabbar brought grace, agility, and versatility to the center position, which had previously been characterized solely by power and size.

Despite his incredible success on the court, it wasn’t until the twilight of his career that Abdul-Jabbar finally won the universal affection of basketball fans. He was a private man who avoided the press and at times seemed aloof.

But late in his playing days Abdul-Jabbar began to open up, and as his career wound to a close, fans, players and coaches alike expressed their admiration for what he had accomplished in basketball. During the 1988-89 season, his last, Abdul-Jabbar was honored in every arena in the league.

Miami Heat Coach Pat Riley, who coached Abdul-Jabbar for eight seasons in Los Angeles, once said in a toast recounted in Sports Illustrated, “Why judge anymore? When a man has broken records, won championships, endured tremendous criticism and responsibility, why judge? Let’s toast him as the greatest player ever.”

Kareem has produced a movie about the 1939 Harlem Rens Basketball Team. View his interview below about the movie, “On The Shoulders of Giants”.

Close enough to being a boomer and worth mentioning:

1965 (46) Jon Cryer Actor is hilarious as Alan Harper on the tv series “2 and Half Men”

1965 (46) Martin Lawrence Actor comedian

1956 (55) Ellen Barkin Actress movies include 1987′s “The Big Easy”

In the category of I can’t believe he is that old:

1935 (76) Bobby Vinton Singer Boomers remember for him for his song “Blue Velvet”

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