Kareem Abdul-Jabbar He was taken to a Los Angeles hospital after breaking his hip in a fall on Friday, December 15.
“Last night, while attending a concert, Kareem accidentally fell and broke his hip,” said Abdul-Jabbar’s longtime business manager. Deborah Moralesshared in a statement via X (formerly Twitter) On Saturday, December 16. “He will have surgery today.”
Morales further said that everyone “deeply appreciates all the support for Kareem,” especially thanking the Los Angeles Fire Department, “who assisted Kareem at the site.” He praised “the wonderful medical team and doctors at UCLA Hospital who are now taking very good care of Kareem.”
TMZ was first to report the NBA legend’s downfall.
Abdul-Jabbar, 76, was drafted into the NBA as the center for the Milwaukee Bucks, where he played from 1969 to 1975. From there, the basketball star moved to the Los Angeles Lakers where he played from 1975 to 1989, ending a 20-year playing career.
After his tenure as an NBA star, Abdul-Jabbar remains a notable name in the world of basketball. Needless to say, he has been vocal on various social issues, including those related to his own health.
Earlier this month, Abdul-Jabbar shared that he was diagnosed with atrial fibrillation after years of having “an irregular heartbeat, shortness of breath, and no energy.”
“I thought it was a temporary issue,” he said. People In February, he took things more seriously, noting that he started feeling sick at a baseball game. “I was an athlete and was fit, so I thought it wouldn’t bother me for long. But I was quite wrong.”
Amid the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020, Abdul-Jabbar also wrote a WebMD essay discussing the importance of health care for Black Americans and revealed that he had undergone prostate cancer and leukemia in recent years in addition to bypass heart surgery. Have fought with.
“I am fortunate because my celebrity has provided me with enough financial security to receive excellent medical care. No one wants an NBA great to die on their watch. Imagine the Yelp reviews,” he wrote in part at the time. “But while I am grateful for my advantages, I am well aware that many others in the black community do not have the same options and it is my responsibility to join those fighting to change that. Because the lives of blacks are in danger. Serious danger.”
Abdul-Jabbar further wrote, “The more insidious and harmful threat to the health, life, and economic well-being of black Americans is a health care system that ignores the fact that, although they are most in need of medical services, they are actually The lowest level is achieved in.