The first memoir for young listeners by sports legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
At one time Lew Alcindor was just another kid from New York City with all the usual problems: He struggled with fitting in, with pleasing a strict father, and with overcoming shyness that made him feel socially awkward. But with a talent for basketball and an unmatched team of supporters, Lew Alcindor was able to transform and to become Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
From a childhood made difficult by racism and prejudice to a record-smashing career on the basketball court as an adult, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's life was packed with "coaches" who taught him right from wrong and led him on the path to greatness. His parents, coaches Jack Donahue and John Wooden, Muhammad Ali, Bruce Lee, and many others played important roles in Abdul-Jabbar's life and sparked him to become an activist for social change and advancement. The inspiration from those around him and his drive to find his own path in life are highlighted in this personal and awe-inspiriting journey.
Written especially for young listeners, Becoming Kareem chronicles how Kareem Abdul-Jabbar become the icon and legend he is today, both on and off the court.
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It feels like personally meeting a role model
Reading it in 2020, helped me understand both the civil rights movement and why training for a sport is so addictive and empowering. I have much greater respect for a man, who came from poverty in one of the most racist countries in the world and has risen to become a true influencer.
And having him read it, was chilling! His calm, deep voice trembling at emotional points and slightly rising when speaking about having his trust betrayed by his closest people and the racist regime, was exhilarating.
Although I disagree on some topics, I would love to personally meet him and have a talk.