Quote on Senator Kennedy

“I thought Senator Kennedy did a great job maintaining and extending the Kennedy legacy even though he never became presidential he was major force in the Senate and one of the Democratic parties most consistent performers. My thoughts and prayers go out to his family during this difficult time.” Kareem Abdul Jabbar

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Thoughts on Justice

“Justice should be blind especially color-blind and able to fairly deal with the very real need for honest law enforcement.” -Kareem Abdul Jabbar

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Iranian Election


“It’s unfortunate that the people of Iran have to question what should have been a free and fair election. The whole world was paying attention to the final results and there were hopes in many quarters that reform i.e., a step away from radicalism, might be the choice of the Iranian people. It is my hope that those questioning the …

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Holocaust Museum Quote


“The bigot who killed the guard at the Holocaust Museum was from the same generation of bigots who murdered people like Medgar Evers and Emmett Till.  In all likelihood he had a lifetime of bigotry which just goes to show that some people cannot change. Subsequent generations of Americans do not share his venom; we actually have made progress.” Kareem …

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“I thought that the President’s statements had the right tone & emphasis with regard to what’s happening in the Muslim world.  His call for a two state solution for the Palestinian issue was right on the mark. I thought it was a courageous speech because he took on very hot issues frankly and directly. I think that it will enable …

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Congratulations to Frank Kaminsky on winning the inaugural Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Best College Center Award
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Thank you Wells Fargo for sponsoring the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Award. I am very excited to present this inaugural award tonight to a guy that I personally voted for & believe that he will also make it as a top pro player in the NBA.

ESPN will close out the 2014-15 college basketball season with a new one-hour awards show tonight, April 10, at 8 p.m. ET on ESPN2. In coordination with the Los Angeles Athletic Club and Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame, the first-ever COLLEGE BASKETBALL AWARDS Presented by Wendy's the program will celebrate the season's top players and moments with the live announcement of eight awards.

Awards on the show:

John R. Wooden Award
Men's Player of the Year

John R. Wooden Award
Women's Player of the Year

John R. Wooden Award
LEGENDS of Coaching

Bob Cousy
Point Guard of the Year Award

Jerry West
Shooting Guard of the Year Award

Julius Erving
Small Forward of the Year Award

Karl Malone
Power Forward of the Year Award

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Center of the Year Award
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