Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has rare form of leukemia

Kareem Abdul-Jabaar adresses the crowd

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is being treated for a rare form of leukemia.  He was diagnosed last December with chronic myeloid leukemia, he told The Associated Press on Monday.

The doctor didn’t give any guarantees but stated Kareem has a very good chance to live and does not have to make any drastic change in his lifestyle.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is taking an oral medication for the disease and is a paid spokesman for the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis, which makes a drug that treats the illness.

Kareem wants to bring awareness to the illness the same way Magic Johnson did for HIV.  Allegedly, this form of blood cancer can be fatal if left untreated.

My First Laker Memory

I think I knew about the Lakers sometime 1987 (I was about 12 years old).  I saw them on a much delayed telecast on TV (there was no cable TV then!).  After seeing Magic Johnson and James Worthy, I was hooked.  (Kareem was already on the decline around that time, so I really didn’t appreciate what he brought to the team.  Of course, I was wrong as Kareem was still a very solid player, just not the same when he was at his peak, obviously)

The starting five then, as I knew it, was Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Magic Johnson, James Worthy, Byron Scott and AC Green.  The sixth man, as I remember it, is Michael Cooper.  Mychal Thompson spelled Kareem at center while Kurt Rambis played power forward from time to time.  A very solid and pesky player, Kurt Rambis is. Read More

Golden touch regained by Lakers

By Bob Keisser, Press Telegram

The last time there was a thorough check of the Los Angeles Lakers’ fragile psyche, there were calls to bring in Dr. Phil to talk to, well, Dr. Phil Jackson and other members of the dysfunctional franchise.

No need now. The Lakers have undergone one quick metamorphosis to become a franchise that not only can win a NBA title now but stay on top of the league for years to come.

Here’s what we know about the team that we didn’t know six weeks ago:

Kobe Bryant is the best player in the game when he’s happy. Finding ways to make him happy, of course, aren’t always easy, but for now he’s the happiest camper this side of Yosemite.

The Pau Gasol deal was the biggest theft since the Lakers received Kobe Bryant from Charlotte for Vlade Divac in 1996. Or, since obtaining Mychal Thompson in 1986 for Frank Brickowski. Or, since the Lakers got Kareem Abdul-Jabbar from Milwaukee for Brian Winters and Elmore Smith in 1975. Or, since the Lakers received Wilt Chamberlain from Philadelphia for Darrell Imhoff in 1968.

The Lakers steal a player once a decade.

Gasol may be the best European player in the league, with all due respect to Manu Ginobili.

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