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Dr. Harry Edwards, at right, moderates a sports and activism panel entitled "From Protest to Progress: Next Steps" with former and current professional athletes in including, from left, Jim Brown, Takeo Spikes, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chris Webber, Anquan Boldin and Tommie Smith Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in San Jose, Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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From left, former NBA basketball players Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Chris Webber and NFL Football wide receiver Anquan Boldin smile during a sports and activism panel entitled "From Protest to Progress: Next Steps" Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2017, in San Jose , Calif. (AP Photo/Marcio Jose Sanchez)

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FILE - In this July 13, 2016, file photo, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar presents a tribute to Muhammad Ali at the ESPY Awards at the Microsoft Theater in Los Angeles. Abdul-Jabbar's next book will be a fond look back at his long friendship with John Wooden, the celebrated basketball coach at UCLA. "Coach Wooden and Me" will be published next June and will combine personal memories and lessons learned from his friend and mentor, Grand Central Publishing told The Associated Press on Wednesday, Sept. 28. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP, File)

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Retired basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar addresses an audience during the 2014 Carousel of Hope Ball in Beverly Hills, California, Oct. 11, 2014. (Photo by Chris Pizzello/Invision/AP) ** FILE **

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Former NBA star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said Monday that the Islamic State group represents Islam about as much as the Ku Klu Klan represents Christianity, arguing that the mission of both groups is not about religion but "a play for money and power." (MSNBC via Breitbart)

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played the center position and is regarded as one of the best of all time. He is the all-time leading NBA scorer with 38,387 points, having collected six championship rings, six regular season MVP and two Finals MVP awards, fifteen NBA First or Second Teams, a record nineteen NBA All-Star call-ups and averaging 24.6 points, 11.2 rebounds, 3.6 assists and 2.6 blocks per game. He is ranked as the NBA's third leading all-time rebounder (17,440). He is also the third all-time in registered blocks (3,189), which is even more impressive because this stat had not been recorded until the fourth year of his career (1974). Abdul-Jabbar appeared in numerous films and TV shows including the satirical comedy Airplane and was in the memorable fight scene against Bruce Lee in the film 'Game of Death.' (AP Photo)

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Hall of Famer and former Milwaukee Bucks' Kareem Abdul-Jabbar waves to the crowd during an NBA basketball game between the Bucks and the Utah Jazz, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar ALLSPORT photo

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (ALLSPORT photo)

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Hall of Famer and former Milwaukee Bucks' Kareem Abdul-Jabbar waves to the crowd during an NBA basketball game between the Bucks and the Utah Jazz, Monday, March 3, 2014, in Milwaukee. (AP Photo/Tom Lynn)

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A June 1, 2008, file photo, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar of the Los Angeles Lakers smiles during the opening of the Lakers Reading & Learning Center in Santa Monica, Calif. (AP Photo/Damian Dovarganes, File)