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He's a basketball hall of Famer and the NBA's all time leading score he is also an actor he's bestselling author and now he's added.
Another title -- the list filmmaker.
Kareem Abdul Jabbar joining us now.
To tell us all about it -- great to see our thanks for your being here thank you never met you and -- your seven foot two right there 72 -- well I think -- I've lost about an -- Older youth -- pulling me back to back down to earth here well if you started seventy you know you can before it pulled out a little bit for me it's it's a little different but that -- The other the first film that I remember seeing you win was was the comedy airplane here and it was wonderful film -- are still it still works it never gets old.
But this is a serious -- is a documentary right if you tell -- debates it's on the shoulders of giants defense.
About the early days of professional basketball.
And the -- he never heard of the the homeland.
The Harlem Harlem -- Harlem lands I did -- you're right I never heard of them never heard of -- they've displayed at the Renaissance casino and ballroom and a 130 experience seventh avenue.
Not far from where you -- up here or not they're not very far.
And -- the whole thing was that they -- -- one of the best teams playing professional basketball prior to the inception of the NBA.
They did not get a chance to compete.
Again in in the professional leagues because of the color of the players can.
-- so just like there was there was African American baseball league there was also one for basketball.
-- -- -- Basically we're going to dream why the use of friends the -- globetrotters.
While both were going to all black -- -- -- be tried to to get into the into the white we've without success.
But be they were able to play barnstorming games and and rents were really -- perfect and -- by the year early nineteen.
Thirties there they would -- -- in basketball being all of it really good professional games.
And they could not make any inroads into.
Breaking down the that the -- -- incredible now live with the globetrotters of course everybody knows about because of that because their antics because they're very fun to watch it's kind of a comedic almost as circus like -- but the rans were we're just do industry people -- they just played there were hard core warriors if they want to play basketball.
Straight up and they're very good -- it.
Coaches would bring their staffs to watch them play so that they can figure out.
Tactics and in the right way to coach.
There the people that they were you in charge of that they were very good now did you have we able to get to as some kind of archive film archive bit of showing them because they weren't well no we got about forty seconds -- film.
Forty seconds I was you have -- whole documentary based on forty seconds of film and we sure do we wow -- you know newspaper clippings yes and interviews with people who knew them.
One of the guys who who played on the interest championship came -- and 39 was still alive up until two years ago.
And we we interviewed him.
And my college coach John -- he played against them when they -- toward an Indiana.
He was playing professional basketball.
-- came in Indianapolis.
So they they would play them after Butler fieldhouse.
-- and fund.
A lot of this have tried through retired from playing professional basketball by the way do you still keep your hand in the businesses a bit of basketball media culture was.
I'm an assistant coach with the -- Okay yeah.
And and do you work with with the youth -- coaching maybe -- high school team or some like that Illinois I work -- I worked with the young player that the lakers.
Drafted -- -- and the environment.
And he's come a long way and is is going over well.
By the way how's your health my -- is not a run in with cancer but it it seems like elected I'm doing very well.
Have to get my blood -- Greg grew into a conductor Charles -- -- I do that.
I think can -- in remission and finally I know you don't wanna get in politics but I just got to ask you the news of the day because there's -- Muslim American you may.
You must have some interest in what's going on in Egypt I do I'm actually I'm unhappy to see you.
I don't think it's as sisters everybody wants or make -- -- the movement over there seems to be be very broad based and I'm sure that.
The people -- want or a real democracy.
I'm looking forward to -- that -- rooted in the and that's part of the world we'll bring it all works out well Kareem Abdul Jabbar the movie is called on the shoulders of giants we thank you very much for coming and thank you for early pre.
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