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Solo: Jazz and Basketball

Excerpted from On The Shoulders of Giants by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Excerpted from On The Shoulders of Giants by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

There can be no doubt that jazz has made me a better person than I would have been without it. The music inspires my passion to participate fully and richly in life. And the jazz greats I’ve known, from Miles Davis to John Coltrane to Louis Armstrong to my dad, have inspired me to be disciplined, ambitious, caring and dedicated to my community.

But jazz has also made me a better basketball player.

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played for 20 seasons in the National Basketball Association with the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. He won six championships as a player, was a six-time Most Valuable Player and a 19-time All-Star, and has been voted by ESPN the second best player in NBA history (behind Michael Jordan). Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.