This Day In Sports History (March 20th) — Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
It was on this day in 1990 that the Los Angeles Lakers retired Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s No. 33. It is one of seven numbers at the moment to be retired by the Lakers’ organization.
Kareem had one of the greatest careers in NBA history, as he held the record for points scored, games played, minutes played, field goals made, field goal attempts, blocked shots, defensive rebounds, and personal fouls at the time of his retirement in 1989. He won an incredible six NBA Championships during his career, five of which came during his time with the Lakers. He also earned six MVP awards, 19 All-Star Game appearances, two NBA Finals MVPs, and he made the NBA’s 35th and 50th Anniversary teams.
Kareem still holds several NBA records to this day, including most points (38,387), most minutes played (57,446), most field-goals made (15,837), most field-goals attempted (28,307), and most All-Star Games played (19). Most of those don’t appear to be in any danger of being broken at the moment.
Here is footage from the retirement ceremony prior to Kareem’s final NBA game.
Pat Riley, NBA – Born on March 20, 1945 (age 69) in Rome, New York
Bobby Orr, NHL – Born on March 20, 1948 (age 66) in Parry Sound, Ontario
Fernando Torres, EPL – Born on March 20, 1984 (age 30) in Fuenlabrada, Spain