NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to undergo hip surgery

LOS ANGELES, Dec 17: Lakers basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was scheduled to undergo hip surgery after falling at a concert in Los Angeles on Friday.

Abdul-Jabbar, 76, was treated by the Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics and transported to a local hospital, his business partner and spokesperson Deborah Morales said.

“Last night while attending a concert, Kareem had an accidental fall and broke his hip,” Morales said.

“We are all deeply appreciative of all the support for Kareem, especially from the Los Angeles Fire Department who assisted Kareem on site and the amazing medical team and doctors at UCLA Hospital who are taking great care of Kareem now,” Morales added.

The Lakers superstar and six-time NBA most valuable player has added to his stellar basketball career as a writer, activist, and humanitarian who has spoken on several social justice causes. He is the author of more than a dozen books and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016 by former US president Barrack Obama.

Abdul-Jabbar writes about sports, politics and culture on his Substack newsletter and has written several opinion pieces in other publications, including The Times.