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Passing the Ball of Wisdom

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recalls the Harlem Rens, the best basketball team you didn't know existed

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar holds a number of titles in the National Basketball Association: among them 1969 rookie of the year, 19-time all-star, two-time NBA finals MVP and, to this day, the league’s all-time leading scorer.

But Abdul-Jabbar is quick to give credit where credit is due. He could not have achieved the high level of success in his career if it weren’t for the sacrifices made by those who came before him. In the documentary On the Shoulders of Giants, which Abdul-Jabbbar spearheaded, he acknowledges the influence of the best basketball team you never heard of: the Harlem Renaissance 5, or the Harlem Rens.

See also: Coach uses basketball to keep kids off streets.
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