“One man can be a crucial ingredient on a team, but one man cannot make a team.”
It’s now been 23 years since Abdul-Jabbar ended his National Basketball Association career as the most prolific scorer in league history with 38,387 points, or 6,000 more than Michael Jordan compiled. As a young pro, he converted to Islam and dropped his birth name, Lew Alcindor. A private, quiet person, he tried in various ways to carve out a coaching career, including volunteering to coach on an Arizona Indian reservation. Abdul-Jabbar is also an author, a columnist for ESPN.com, and was appointed a US global cultural ambassador by Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton. To celebrate his birthday on April 16, here are 10 of his most quotable quotes.