So, if you're a 20-year veteran with the NBA, and you hold multiple records and basketball honors, what do you do when you retire? What constitutes excitement for someone who has heard the roar of an ecstatic crowd of basketball fans for decades? If you are Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, you build an amazing house in Hawaii with your net worth of $20 million, move in, and then chill out. The last thing you want is more excitement. A great beach, beautiful sea air, and quiet neighbors are really all you need. Recently, after almost twenty years in his island paradise, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar decided to put his beautiful home on the market. Maybe he's decided it's time to jump back into a busier life.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, also known as Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr., was born in New York City. He began making major waves as a basketball player while in high school. At 6′ 8″ tall, he was a formidable presence on the court, and led his team at Power Memorial Academy to three championships in a row. They also won 71 games in a row, and had a 79-2 record. His junior year, the team won the National High School Basketball Championships, and finished in second place the year he graduated. He went on to play college basketball for the UCLA Bruins. He quickly distinguished himself, scoring a UCLA record 56 points in a single game – the first time he took the court. (He later beat his own record – scoring 61 points in a single game. The record still stands.) During his four years of college, he won just about every major sports honor available to basketball players, including being named the very first Naismith College Player of the Year in 1969.
The Milwaukee Bucks drafted him after he graduated from UCLA with a degree in History. By the end of his first season with the Bucks, he was a star, and received Rookie of the Year honors. During his time with the Bucks, he was an NBA Champion, was named an NBA Finals MVP, was named NBA Most Valuable Player three times, and was a two-time scoring champion, among other honors. In 1975, he began playing for the Los Angeles Lakers, and continued to wrack up honors. He won the NBA Championship five more times with the Lakers, and was named Finals MVP again. He was chosen as the NBA Most Valuable Player three more times. He was also chosen for the NBA All-Star Team 19 times, and the All-NBA First Team 10 times. He retired in 1989, and it was finally time to kick back and relax.
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's house was actually built in 1986, three years before he played his last official game. Constructed especially for him in Kauai, Hawaii, on 3-acres of land, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's house was designed to accommodate his 7′ 2″ height. The three-bedroom home features soaring open-beam ceilings, floor-to-ceiling windows, hardwood floors, and lava rock fireplaces. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar's house is 5,912 square feet and in addition the main house, there is also a carriage house and a pavilion situated next to the large pool. The pool itself is 50-feet long and was custom built. It even has its own waterfall. A private pathway directs visitors towards Secret Beach. Birds and other wildlife wander the grounds regularly, as the property is a stone's throw from the National Wildlife Refuge. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar put the property on the market for $5.9 million, but it wouldn't be surprising if it actually fetches more than that. There are certainly rabid, wealthy Lakers' fans out there that will pay big bucks to have the chance to say, "I live in the house built for Kareem Abdul-Jabbar".