Kareem Abdul-Jabbar used Sherlock Holmes and a resting cigarette to gain an edge over Bob Lanier

During his time on the hardwoods, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar built an impeccable resume. He stormed the scene in high school, shone in college as part of the UCLA Bruins dynasty, and didn’t slow down in the Association. The big man simply knew how to win.

And in addition to his incredible talent, Abdul-Jabbar also knew how to make his way through a match. While that may sound like coaching language, you can see a clear example of Kareem’s intelligence in an anecdote from his early days with the Milwaukee Bucks.

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