NBA luminary Kareem Abdul-Jabbar finds himself hospitalized with a fractured hip following an unfortunate incident during a concert in Los Angeles. The 76-year-old, towering at 7 feet 2 inches, experienced an accidental fall during the event, prompting immediate attention from the Los Angeles Fire Department.
“We are all deeply appreciative of the support for Kareem, especially from the Los Angeles Fire Department who assisted Kareem on site, and the amazing medical team and doctors at UCLA Hospital who are taking great care of Kareem now,” said Deborah Morales, Abdul-Jabbar’s longtime business partner, in an exclusive statement to TMZ.
Extended Recovery Period Expected
A broken hip typically requires a minimum of 12 weeks for healing, with an additional six months for comprehensive rehabilitation under proper care. This unforeseen incident adds a new chapter to Abdul-Jabbar’s illustrious career and life off the court.
Basketball Royalty: Abdul-Jabbar’s Legacy
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA’s second-all-time leading scorer, has been an iconic figure in basketball history. Recently surpassed by LeBron James, Abdul-Jabbar’s remarkable career includes 19 All-Star appearances and six league MVP titles. His influential 14 seasons and five championships with the Los Angeles Lakers solidify his place among the franchise’s greatest players.
Despite his retirement in 1989, Abdul-Jabbar remains a prominent figure in NBA lore, frequently seen courtside during games. As a UCLA Bruin Hall of Famer, it’s noteworthy that Abdul-Jabbar is currently receiving treatment at his alma mater.
A Legacy Marred by Health Challenges
While Abdul-Jabbar enjoyed a relatively injury-free playing career, his later years have seen him confront various health issues. Migraines have been a consistent challenge, and in 2009, he faced a diagnosis of chronic myeloid leukemia. A subsequent regimen of oral medication in 2011 led to the announcement of the leukemia being at its minimum.
Further health hurdles followed, including a quadruple coronary bypass surgery in 2015 due to cardiovascular disease and a recent diagnosis of atrial fibrillation in 2023. Abdul-Jabbar has candidly shared his battle with prostate cancer in the past.
Given this history of health concerns, fans worldwide are undoubtedly hoping that this recent hip fracture will not impede the resilience of the NBA legend in the chapters ahead.