Classic Shots of Kareem Abdul Jabbar

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar celebrates his 65th birthday on Monday. The Hall of Fame center, known as Lew Alcindor before changing his name in 1971, won six NBA titles, three NCAA national championships at UCLA and is the NBA's all-time leading scorer (38,387 points). He also holds the NBA record for most games played, minutes played, field goals made, field goal attempts, blocked shots, defensive rebounds, and personal fouls. He also had a memorable role as pilot Roger Murdock in the 1980 film "Airplane." In January, Abdul-Jabbar was appointed U.S. Global Cultural Ambassador by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

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