Posted November 29, 2018 05:23:25The NBA legend and the face of the franchise Kareem Abdel-Jabaabar passed away in a Los Angeles hospital Wednesday, the Lakers said in a statement.
“He was 85.
We will miss him dearly.
He was a great basketball player, a great ambassador for the Lakers and a great friend,” the statement said.
“We wish him the best.”
In January 2018, Abdul-Bahaaz was diagnosed with colon cancer.
He died Tuesday at his home in the Bronx.NBA legend Kaream Abdul-Salaam has died at 85.
Kareem is pictured in a file photo from 1977.
(AP)A former member of the Los Angeles Lakers basketball team, Abdul Jabbar was one of the most popular basketball stars in the world.
He helped lead the Lakers to a 20-year championship drought in the 1960s and 1970s and the league’s first four consecutive titles in 1972.
He won a total of 18 championships, including three with the Lakers in the 1980s.