Today in Sports History: April 14

In 1976, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar won his fourth MVP award after he averaged 27.7 ppg and left the league in rebounds 16.9 rpg and blocks 4.12 bpg. Abdul-Jabbar won six MVP awards and was selected to the All-NBA team 15 times, the NBA All-Stars 19 times and the NBA All-Defensive Team 11 times. He was known for his finesse and ambidextrous skyhook shot. Similar to a hook shot, Abdul-Jabbar’s skyhook involved bending his entire body towards to raise the ball and then release it at the highest point of his arm’s arching motion. This signature move helped Abdul-Jabbar retire with 38,387 career points and 15,837 field goals made. He is still the all-time leader in points scored, field goals made, and career wins. Abdul-Jabbar was named the second-best player in NBA history, behind Michael Jordan, and was appointed as a global cultural ambassador in 2012. He received the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2016.

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