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Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar looks pensive

Basketball Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.

Basketball great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Abdul-Jabbar is unquestionably one of the greatest players to ever take the court, and has been honored with selections to numerous All-Star games and as well as being named Sports Illustrated "Sportsman of the Year." (His pending selection to the Basketball Hall of Fame is a certainty). Abdul-Jababr put in 20 years in the NBA before retiring from the Los Angeles Lakers at the end of last season. He's written a memoir of that final season, called "Kareem." (It's co-written with Mignon McCarthy, and it's published by Random House).

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Other segments from the episode on April 4, 1990

Fresh Air with Terry Gross, April 4, 1990: Interview with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar; Review of Vaclav Talich's album "Symphony no. 8"; Interview with Imogene Coca; Interview with Jimmy Rowles.

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