Kareem Abdul Jabbar Didn’t Need The 3 To Be the All-Time Leading Scorer

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Kareem Abdul Jabbar remains the all-time leading scorer in NBA history with 38,387 points. Lebron can still catch him at 37 years old, he has 37,062 points. Kareem went on Jimmy Fallon this week and pointed out that he got all of those points and only made 1 three-point shots in his career.

Kareem explained why he didn’t shoot three’s, “The coach says, you shoot the ball from in here, you can come sit down with me.” Kareem listened.

Kareem is one of the best of all time. In his Hall of Fame 20-year career, he won 6 NBA Championships and 6 NBA MVP awards. He was in 19 all-star games, was a 15-time all-NBA selection, named all-NBA Defensive team member 11 times, and was 2-time Finals MVP.

INGLEWOOD, CA – 1987: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar #33 of the Los Angeles Lakers goes up for a sky hook against Bill Laimbeer #40 of the Detroit Pistons during an NBA game at the Forum in 1987 in Inglewood, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and/or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 1987 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

The 3-point shot was introduced in the NBA in 1979, but Kareem knew his value was down low. Kareem’s patented sky hook was one of the hardest shots to block in the history of the game.

Written by Bill Graff

Lifelong fan of all things sports and of common sense. I watch a lot of sports, just ask my wife. Go Terps. I've got soul, but I'm not a soldier.

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