A press release from UCLA said, "At this time, Abdul-Jabbar would like to thank his surgical team and the medical staff at UCLA, his alma mater, for the excellent care he has received. He is looking forward to getting back to his normal activities soon."
Dr. Richard Shemin, who performed the operation, said Abdul-Jabbar was expected to make a full recovery.
Lakers’ owner and executive
Abdul-Jabbar had the surgery on his 68th birthday.
The 7-foot-2 New York native won six NBA championships, five with the Lakers and one with the
Abdul-Jabbar battled successfully through leukemia in 2009.