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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to meet rabbi his father liberated from Nazi concentration camp

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Kareem Abdul may not be the most interesting man in the world, but for my money he's the most interesting guy in the Basketball Hall of Fame.
 

Kareem retired from the Los Angeles Lakers in 1989 as the NBA's all-time leading scorer (38,387 points), with the most minutes played, most field goals made, most All-Star selections and most All-Star games played, all records he holds to this day. Kareem hasn't rested on his laurels since leaving the game, however. Instead, he has parlayed his wide-ranging interests and restless curiosity into successful turns as a movie actor, historian, author of several books, film producer and volunteer coach a high school on an Apache reservation.

 

Kareem's latest film venture is an adaptation of his book, Brothers in Arms, about his father's experiences as a black "Buffalo Soldier" with the Army's 761st Tank Battalion in Europe. Rsearching the project meant fulfilling his father's dying wish — to meet the boy his dad liberated from the Buchenwald concentration camp, Israel Meir Lau, now a prominent rabbi in Israel.

 

Kareem's father, Ferdinand Alcindor, carried Lau and his brother Naftali Lavie, both little boys, out of the the concentration camp and confronted the German civilians in the neighboring town of Weimar. "Look at this sweet kid," he said, "he isn't even eight yet. This was your enemy, he threatened the Third Reich. He is the one against whom you waged war, and murdered millions like him."

Rabbi Lau told the Now Jerusalem News, "The fact that such a famous basketball player, and a Muslim, is about to attach himself to the Holocaust issue is very exciting," he said. "I will certainly give my blessing to this initiative."

While Kareem has been in the news these days for his well-publicized spat with Scottie Pippen over comparing Michael Jordan and LeBron James, it's useful to put the controversy into the perspective of a life well lived, inside and outside the game.

 

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Hmm.. Interesting. I did not know his father was a Buffalo Soldier. Nonetheless, interesting story, I would love to see this film too.
07.05.11 •
Kareem is in a class by himself. Jordan, Kobe, Lebron are in another. Kareem has always been a 'class' act. Always !!!!!!! Someone, I would like to know. A special guy.

BTW: when I tried to click on "Read Full Article ยป" my access was denied. This happens a lot on the internet, but does it also have to happen on Convozine?
07.13.11 •
I guess the Examiner nixed the story after Kareem reversed his decision to go to Israel after consideration of the Palestian issue: http://yubanet.com/usa/101-Organizations-Thank-Kareem-Abdul-Jabbar-for-Slam-Dunking-Israeli-Apartheid.php
07.13.11 •
You never know where someone has been. I would like to read the book.
09.20.11 •
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