Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Road to Recovery: Hip Surgery Requires 3-Month Rehabilitation
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar broke his hip and had surgery.
The basketball player had surgery “with no complications,” said his business partner and spokeswoman, Deborah Morales.
He will be in recovery for the next three months, according to Morales.
Abdul-Jabbar attended a concert in Los Angeles, where he fell and got injured.
“I’d like to say I fell while trying to save a child from plunging over the balcony, but I just tripped,” he wrote on his Substack account.
Abdul-Jabbar wrote that he had hip replacement surgery.
He was scheduled to read a letter from Vice President Kamala Harris to the Manhattan Transfer, a vocal group he is a fan of.
Abdul-Jabbar is a longtime fan of the group that blends R&B, jazz, blues, and pop. He said, “On the plus side, my fall hit all the newspapers so I made your final show even more memorable.”
Abdul-Jabbar was part of the Los Angeles Lakers’ teams during their “Showtime” era in the 1980s, leading them to five NBA championships.
Magic Johnson posted on social media, expressing his support for Abdul-Jabbar’s recovery.
The 7-foot-2 center was the NBA’s career scoring leader until being passed by current Laker LeBron James in February.
Giannis Antetokounmpo had 17 rebounds in a win Sunday night to overtake Abdul-Jabbar as the Milwaukee Bucks’ career rebounding leader.
Abdul-Jabbar disclosed in 2020 that he had prostate cancer. In 2009, he said he had been diagnosed the previous year with chronic myeloid leukemia, a blood cancer.