We here at The Lakers Nation had a great chance to meet Kareem a month ago as he kicked off our annual Vegas trip. From all of us, on behalf of the entire Lakers community — get well soon, Cap.

5b4ec2e467_kareem11102009Associated Press: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is being treated for a rare form of leukemia, and the basketball great said his prognosis is encouraging.

The NBA’s all-time leading scorer was diagnosed last December with chronic myeloid leukemia, he told The Associated Press on Monday.

The 62-year-old Abdul-Jabbar said his doctor didn’t give any guarantees, but informed him: “You have a very good chance to live your life out and not have to make any drastic changes to your lifestyle.”

Abdul-Jabbar is taking an oral medication for the disease. He is a paid spokesman for the Swiss pharmaceutical company Novartis, which makes a drug that treats the illness.

Citing the way Los Angeles Lakers teammate Magic Johnson brought awareness to HIV, Abdul-Jabbar said he wants to do the same for his form of blood cancer, which can be fatal if left untreated.

  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    This is a very bad day for Laker fans. This man has done so much for us and we need to thank him in any way we can. This man is a true hero, he helped the franchise and is living through a severe illness, just as Magic Johnson.

    On behalf of Laker fans around the world, I would like to thank Kareem Abdul Jabbar for his works on and off the court. He was an amazing player, truly an unstoppable force, and off the court, his charity works and his works with illness awarenesses.

    Im not saying time is up, hopefully its not, but this seems like the right time to say it.

  • http://LakersNation Marwan

    Keep him in your prayers.

  • WatWudChickSay? (WWCS?)

    The prognosis is good, so that is a positive. With modern treatment methods, KAJ will most likely live a long, long time and end up passing from something else, like heart disease.

    Still, my prayers are with him and let’s all hope his leukemia stays under control.

    Send some positive vibes Cap’s way, Laker Nation!

  • http://twitter.com/nugge7 Jaime Quintanilla

    Joey: Wait a minute. I know you. You’re Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. You play basketball for the Los Angeles Lakers.
    Roger Murdock: I’m sorry son, but you must have me confused with someone else. My name is Roger Murdock. I’m the co-pilot.
    Joey: You are Kareem. I’ve seen you play. My dad’s got season tickets.
    Roger Murdock: I think you should go back to your seat now Joey. Right Clarence?
    Captain Oveur: Nahhhhhh, he’s not bothering anyone, let him stay here.
    Roger Murdock: But just remember, my name is
    [showing his nametag]
    Roger Murdock: ROGER MURDOCK. I’m an airline pilot.
    Joey: I think you’re the greatest, but my dad says you don’t work hard enough on defense.
    [Kareem’s getting mad]
    Joey: And he says that lots of times, you don’t even run down court. And that you don’t really try… except during the playoffs.
    Roger Murdock: The hell I don’t. LISTEN KID. I’ve been hearing that crap ever since I was at UCLA. I’m out there busting my buns every night. Tell your old man to drag Walton and Lanier up and down the court for 48 minutes.

  • 242LakerFan

    I was so happy to read that the prognosis is good and that Kareem will not necessarily be seriously affected by this. This man is responsible for some of the most thrilling moments in my childhood. My love and prayers are with you, Cap. Always. Stay strong!
    (And stay away from Jeopardy)

  • pb2000

    Now I understand Bynum’s decision to discontinue his one on one training with the G.O.A.T. He had probably known about it. I had seen his decision as naive and arrogant, but now I agree with him.