Basketball legend and ABC "Splash" star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is not one to blend into the background. The 7 foot 1 and a half foot star continues to make headlines through each incarnation of his professional and personal career, years after he dominated the basketball court as a UCLA Bruin, Milwaukee Buck and Los Angeles Laker.
But his impressive resume includes successes beyond basketball. How many other professional athletes can also claim to be published authors, filmmakers, movie stars, cultural ambassadors and public speakers?
"It's great to have success in more than one area, for me it was necessary," Abdul-Jabbar said in a "Newsmakers" interview for ABC News/Yahoo! News. "When my basketball career was over, what was I going to do with my life?"
In his latest career move, Abdul-Jabbar is trying his hand at diving, challenging himself at a sport in which his height is considered a disadvantage.
"It's like at this age, I want to see what I can do," he said. "So I'm giving everyoneRead More »from ‘Splash’ Star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Career After Basketball: ‘For Me, It Was Necessary’