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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar
Let's appreciate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar while he's still with us
Let's appreciate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar while he's still with us

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had quite a 68th birthday last Thursday. Celebrations were cut short by quadruple bypass surgery. Here's hoping he at least got to blow out the candles and make a wish. Here is our wish: that we find a deeper appreciation for this former 7-foot-2 tower in our lives. As we celebrate the here and now in the NBA — the excitement of the Clippers in the playoffs, the joy of a series that matches the brains of Pop and Doc and the athletic wonders of Blake, CP3, Manu, Tim and Tony — let's also take note of one extraordinary forerunner. According to all reports, Abdul-Jabbar will be fine. That's as fine as anybody can be after battling a form of...

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