Kareem Abdul-Jabbar: Lakers 1985 NBA Finals Win over Celtics “Made My Career”

Kareem joined Michael Cooper's new podcast showing enormous pride in beating Boston in 1985 and coming up under the influence of Bill Russell.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds two pieces of satisfaction from his basketball career into his new life as a writer and activist. While he can’t touch the rim anymore, people still approach him with pure glee about feats he performed decades ago. He also beat the Boston Celtics that time.

“1985,” Kareem said with a flashing-white smile. “That was our year. We finally beat the Celtics.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds two pieces of satisfaction from his basketball career into his new life as a writer and activist. While he can't touch the rim anymore, people still approach him with pure glee about feats he performed decades ago. He also beat the Boston Celtics that time. "1985," Kareem s

Abdul-Jabbar reminisced on all aspects of his former and new life with Michael Cooper on his new Showtime Podcast with CLNS Media. Cooper declared themselves senior citizens, touching every part of Kareem’s life prior.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds two pieces of satisfaction from his basketball career into his new life as a writer and activist. While he can't touch the rim anymore, people still approach him with pure glee about feats he performed decades ago. He also beat the Boston Celtics that time."1985," Kareem said with a flashing-white smile. "That was our year. We finally beat the Celtics."———————————————————————————VISIT US AT https://clnsmedia.comFor CLNS Media Production Studio, go to http://youtube.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on Twitter – @CLNSMediaFollow CLNS Media on Facebook – http://facebook.com/clnsmediaFollow CLNS Media on INSTA – http://Instagram.com/clnsmediaDownload the FREE CLNS Media mobile app for iOS & GooglePlay

While an eventual Lakers legend, Kareem crafted his personality during high school in Harlem by following Bill Russell’s lead and avoiding Wilt Chamberlain’s. He appreciated the chance to gain perspective from both angles of professional life.

“Even though I didn’t know Bill very well,” he said. “He was like a mentor to me in high school. I’m glad I got a chance to watch him play and learn from him about social activism, he was awesome in that sense.”

Russell eventually introduced Kareem to Jackie Robinson, Kareem converted to Islam in 1968 and boycotted Team USA in the Summer Olympics that year. On the court, between the Bucks and Lakers starting in 1975, he amassed a career that nearly touched four decades and set the NBA mark for all-time scoring.

Nothing during that stretch surpassed beating the Celtics in the Finals in 1985 for the first time in franchise history. He emphasized it being the only time an opposing team beat the Celtics to win a championship in the Boston Garden.

LOS ANGELES — When people think of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the name invokes more feelings than solely the accomplishments he achieved for the LA Lakers and Milwaukee Bucks. Of course, Kareem did accomplish quite a bit, including 6 NBA World Championships (5 for Lakers, 1 for Bucks), the NBA All-Time Scoring champion, 6 NBA MVPs, Finals MVPs and the man who possessed the most unstoppable weapon in all of sports, the SKY HOOK!But, if you ask Kareem, he’s most likely say his most proud moments came while off the court. It could be his place in civil rights, standing with Russell, King and Ali… it could be the impact he had on his teammates and vice versa.Michael ‘Coop’ Cooper delivers a very rare interview with his former teammate on the second episode of his brand new podcast, exclusively for CLNS. Today’s is the first of the bunch with commentary on Magic Johnson and how he selflessly found a place that fit his team best. Stay tuned for more topics that deep dive into the brilliant mind of a man who rarely ‘disarms’ and Coop got the big fella to do just that.If you cannot wait for more video segments, you can download the full episode in audio form on iTunes, Stitcher, Spotify and the Podcast page on https://clnsmedia.comIf you support the NBA, Lakers and Coop-a-loop, show it by checking out his powering sponsor, https://BetOnline.ag and use the promo code CLNS50 for 50% of your first deposit to be added back to your bankroll.

The Lakers-Celtics thing was dead now … we went up there and whooped them in Boston Garden. They got to live with that forever,” he said. “That’s awesome. That made my career, it was that good to me. I enjoyed 1985, I’m still enjoying it.”

Between I Love LA and the cohesion of the team, Kareem reveled in that season, as opposed to the 1989 NBA Finals. Cooper and “KAB” remembered Byron Scott’s injury in practice. Hope remained after.

Once Magic Johnson went down in Game 2, Kareem remembered getting ready to call a cab. The Lakers knew they were finished, and so did Kareem. The Pistons swept them for the championship and Abdul-Jabbar retired after.

Stayed tuned for more from Michael Cooper on Showtime and his conversation with Kareem by subscribing here and listening to the full episode on Youtube.