NBA legend Abdul-Jabbar to talk ‘Becoming Kareem’ at Playhouse Square in June

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is an NBA legend. He played with both the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers and won an impressive six championships.

In his 2010 tome “The Book of Basketball,” sports journalist Bill Simmons ranked him as the third best player of all time, and, he is a member of the Basketball Hall of Fame.

Oh, that skyhook was unguardable!

He is coming to Cleveland not to talk basketball — well, we’d guess there will be some hoops talk — but to discuss his new book, “Becoming Kareem,” an “autobiographical account of his tumultuous spiritual and athletic journey from childhood through college and his first year in the NBA.”

His appearance at 7:30 June 7 at KeyBank State Theatre at Playhouse Square is in association with both Cleveland State University’s AHA! Festival (in conjunction with Playhouse Square) and Cuyahoga County Public Library system’s “Beyond the Book Jacket” series. The program typically brings in authors to appear at the system’s various branches.

According to information from Playhouse Square, the author will talk about the importance books have had on his life. The information from the library program calls him “one of the most influential black men in America.”

Tickets for Abdul-Jabbar’s appearance, which is to be followed by a book signing, are $35.


Mark Meszoros hasn’t been able to play basketball lately because of knee pain, and it makes him very sad. Follow him on Twitter @MarkMeszoros. Photo credit: The Associated Press

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