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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar - Disney-Hyperion


Kareem Abdul-Jabbar played basketball for the Milwaukee Bucks and for the Los Angeles Lakers, helping his teams win six NBA Championships. He is the NBA's all-time leading scorer, and he also holds the records for the most field goals and the most minutes played. Kareem gave the game the skyhook, considered basketball's most classic offensive move. He was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame in 1995. Since retiring, he has been an actor, basketball coach, and a New York Times best-selling author, focusing on history. In 2012 he was selected as a U.S. Cultural Ambassador, and a bronze statue of him making his signature skyhook was unveiled in front of Staples Center in Los Angeles, California.


Raymond Obstfeld is a novelist, screenwriter, and nonfiction writer. His second novel, DEAD HEAT, was nominated for an Edgar Award; he also wrote an award-winning YA novel entitled JOKER AND THE THIEF. Obstfeld has previously collaborated with Abdul-Jabbar on the sports memoir ON THE SHOULDERS OF GIANTS: MY JOURNEY THROUGH THE HARLEM RENISSANCE, the nonfiction picture book WHAT COLOR IS MY WORLD?, and the middle grade novels SASQUATCH IN THE PAINT and STEALING THE GAME. Obstfeld currently teaches creative writing at Orange Coast College as an associate professor.