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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tweets that he's 100% cancer free

59194035In a news item that will bring a dose of perspective to Lakers fans in angst over the team's latest struggles, former Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar tweeted Friday, "I am 100% cancer free!!"

Abdul-Jabbar, the NBA's all-time leading scorer and winner of six NBA titles, including five during the Lakers' "Showtime Era," was diagnosed in November of 2009 with a rare form of leukemia, Philadelphia chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia, a cancer of the blood and bone marrow that produces cancerous blood cells. He told The Times' Broderick Turner at the time that the long-term prognosis regarding his health was good and that he could manage his condition by taking oral medication on a daily basis, consulting his specialist every other month and frequently getting his blood analyzed.

"My last blood test looked great -- feeling great," Abdul-Jabbar tweeted, "Looking forward to sharing my film premiere in NYC and LA as well as the VOD release 2/15."

Abdul-Jabbar is referring to his feature-length documentary, "On the Shoulders of Giants," which focuses on the Harlem Renaissance. In addition to the Feb. 15 release date for video on demand, the documentary will also be shown Feb. 17 from 6-9 p.m. at the Belasco Theater. Abdul-Jabbar is also in his sixth season as a special assistant coach, where he has worked extensively with Andrew Bynum and can be seen at most home games. He told The Times' Mike Bresnahan last November he's had medical checkups every eight weeks, a consistent approach that led to the excellent news Friday surrounding Abdul-Jabbar's health.

"The fact that you can manage the disease means that you can live your life," Abdul-Jabbar told Turner last year. "The fact that you have to go and get your blood analyzed and consult with your doctor might be a minor inconvenience, or you have to take your medication every day. But if you do these things, you can lead a normal life."

Photo: Former Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar with his patented sky hook against Robert Parish and the Boston Celtics. Credit: Carol Francavilla / Associated Press

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Congratulations, Cap!! That's the best news I've heard in awhile.

Wonderful. A new life lease...

Cap set the bar so high, no one will ever get over it. Hope he gets back to helpin' Andrew try.

Thank you Lord for saving Cap from this malignancy. Hopefully, it will stay this way. After PJ, I want to experiment the power of the Showtime Lakers in coaching and see what they can contribute to this now Laker generation. I don't know who should be the head coach but I want Kareem, Coop, Nixon, Worthy to be part of the coaching staff in next year. Win or lose, any Laker fan would like this dream come true. If PJ a quintessential Knick was able to produce 5 championships, we want the Showtime boys get together once more as a coaching staff. Of course, Byron was a dismal failure this year in Cleveland but you can't entirely blamed Byron for all these losses, he does not have the personnel to turn it around, he lost his Centers including Verajao.

Whether we win or lose next season, we want the Lakers to run and get excited. We may be winning b2b Championships with the systematic triangle but it's so borrring slow and methodical! Basketball is an action sport, you enjoy a team that's alive and fighting back not just the chant "we want tacos" at the end of every game, well we get what we wanted with the crunchy taco defense from Gasol. We want the killer beef, not the Taco Bell false beef. haha!

I'm speechless...


Tha's great news!

This is great news for one of the most intelligent, competitive, and skilled players of all-time. Cap means as much to the intellectual community as he does to the basketball community. A truly great man. Congratulations to Mr. Abdul-Jabaar.

Good to hear Capt is cancer free. That is truly a blessing.

Great news Cap,a true champ for sure.Thanks and praise to EL Shaddai,true him all things are possible. A Lil side note... gee those pants were short.....flashbacks of fisher & kobe in 08 against the celts in throwbacks..Truly one of the most embarrassing moments of the lakeshow..

You were my idol growing up...you are the reason I love basketball so much
...I coach kids now and try to mentor them like you have done for so many...
Thanks for making my childhood better with basketball and for those
5 championships. I met you once in Dallas at the last game you ever
Played there you were really nice to me. Thanks for the memories.

Great news!!! God bless you, Captain.


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

KAREEM ABDUL-JABBAR(MIGHTY SERVANT OF GOD)
Some deem you unapproachable and aloff because they know not all the wonderful deeds you have done. Some also deem God unapproachable and aloff because they know not of his wonders. God has blessed you my brother, just as you have blessed the millions lucky enough to see you play, and with the acts of kindness you have done. Now go out into the world and continue to serve and standup for what is right and good as you have in the past with this new lease on life God has given you.
KARREEM ABDUL JABBAR = OUT FREAKIN STANDING!!!!! KUDOS

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Larry,

Nice post about Cap. OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!

BTW, isn't today GAMEDAY?!

Let's do this ROADTRIP!!! Lakesh0w goin' for 7-0 on this trip!!!!

LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Great news about the Cap!

PSP Sir,

No interns today? I love those interns who work on night shifts, they always seem to not like it. LOL!


LAKERS ALL DAY!!!

Oh Happy Day!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SLY7yI1xV-M


Perspective folks, huh............?

Every day we get to wake up and feel the sun on our face, when we get to watch your kid take his first step, when you can help someone less fortunate than yourself. Each day we have is a gift, I'm 26, and finally realized this until it was too late.

Treat each day as a gift, Cap! I'm happy for you and our Family.

sean? you ok?

Every day we get to wake up and feel the sun on our face, when we get to watch your kid take his first step, when you can help someone less fortunate than yourself. Each day we have is a gift, I'm 26, and finally realized this until it was too late. Treat each day as a gift, Cap! I'm happy for you and our Family. Posted by: sean | February 05, 2011 at 07:38 AM
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Absolutely Beautiful my brother! Kudos!!!
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Let's do this ROADTRIP!!! Lakesh0w goin' for 7-0 on this trip!!!!
Posted by: JovBatz44 | February 05, 2011 at 05:55 AM
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Thank you! Roadtrip? Roadtrip??? JovBatz44, Sean, Nuggets Country, TNTLakerFan, VI Lakerfan, Gino, LRob, LAKER NATION...LET'S RIDE AMIGOS!!!!!!!


@Justa- Hey Justa, I'm fine, i'm good, if it sounded emotional...I'm good. I finally got registered in the program, so I'm all about putting in work now.

I'm glad Kareem, has a new lease on life.

I'm wearing my usual smile as we speak. Thanks Justa, I'm in a good place. Can always count on you friend.

Practice Season Police, Edwin Gueco, Magic Phil, VMan...LETS RIDE AMIGOS!!!!!!
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Justanothermambafa...LETS RIDE AMIGA!!!!

Hey Justa...I'm OK also...Carry On!

Truly, this is the best news of the season!

@Sean, hang in there my brother, you are good people!!!

@mamba24- Thanks, friend. I hope we destroy the Hornets tonight, they're going to miss Okafor, Smith is still green, I think Drew and Pau can have a banner day inside.

I hope we destroy the Hornets tonight, they're going to miss Okafor, Smith is still green, I think Drew and Pau can have a banner day inside. Posted by: sean | February 05, 2011 at 08:02 AM
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You're welcome my brother! NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT!!!

JovBatz44 ,
The PSP family was offering a hearty congrats to the Cap; hence no signature as it came from us as one, like Maximus told his fellow slaves in gladiator. Steaadyyyy, As oooooooooooone!

But as you can see, the PSP intern is up early and putting in a solid shift.

Sean its never too late as long as you still have life in you, Carpe Diem!!!

Thanks
PSP Intern [ working saturday with no overtime pay, KobeMVP888 will you be the PSP 'practice' lawyer? :-) ]

"dose of perspective"... indeed MM, well said.

How nice to actually read some wonderfully encouraging news in a Laker blog headline!

Cap, you were such a hero to me growing up...I've loved basketball ever since.

Keep fighting the good fight...your health and ongoing contributions to the world are more important than a 3-peat. God bless you! Laker Kev

Matt Barnes has said he's right on schedule.

I've got Feb. 27 @OKC as his return date. That puts the recovery around 71/2 weeks.

@Mamba – nice salute to Kareem. And of course thank you for the RC.

@JovBatz44 – I love your optimism

@Nuggets – excellent post of Edwin Hawkins classic cut. That young man who sung it in the movie can blow!

My song today fits in with Kareem’s news. Great lyrics. Great song about appreciating each day.

Tim McGraw – Live Like You were Dying
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxDkWBvxHEI


What’s up Justa, LakerKev, PSP, Sean.

this is great news.

It's all good LRob. Preparing my lesson plans for next week, waiting for the Super Bowl tomorrow. Still hoping for a turn around in the Laker season.

Work with it Kareem!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsSoX6qB9N0 - Game of Death - Bruce Lee & Kareem

Great news! Our thoughts and prayers are with you every day, Cap. You're an inspiration and positive influence to millions with your words and actions. May this good news give others some additional hope and energy as they fought their own battles. God bless you.

@mamba24- Don't forget about Grandmaster Bushido Brown!!! LoL

The sun's in the heavens...Cap's cured and feeling life's glow...our Laker Amigos are assembled for the service...it's GAMEDAY..and our Creator (the one known as Kobe) is nigh...

Laker Amigos...LET'S RIDE!!!

(mamba24, my brother, you have my permission to use my signature phrase any time you wish to rally our amigos on GAMEDAY...blessings upon you and your loved ones, my brother)

That is excellent news. Thank goodness.

The sun's in the heavens...Cap's cured and feeling life's glow...our Laker Amigos are assembled for the service...it's GAMEDAY..and our Creator (the one known as Kobe) is nigh... Laker Amigos...LET'S RIDE!!! (mamba24, my brother, you have my permission to use my signature phrase any time you wish to rally our amigos on GAMEDAY...blessings upon you and your loved ones, my brother) Posted by: CornerJ | February 05, 2011 at 08:45 AM
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OH SWEET JESUS!!! The poetry, the style...THE SWAGGER!! Many may try to copy it but...No one...NO ONE can use the phrase the way that you, CORNERJ can...OUT FREAKIN STANDING SIR!!!!

@mamba24- Don't forget about Grandmaster Bushido Brown!!! LoL
Posted by: sean | February 05, 2011 at 08:44 AM
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ROTFLMAO!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Good morning DJ LRob! Very appropriate tune my brother. I shall see if I can find something to match it. Carry On sir!!!

LRob,
How are you doing this fine saturday? What a way to start the day with great news on the one and only Cap!

Btw Mr Lrob, the PSP has still not gotten a definite answer on the question posed to you a week or so ago. The PSP patiently awaits your anser

Thanks
PSP Intern

Big Road trip. Any predictions. I think the fellas will go 5-2. Which would make for a very good road trip. The key will is getting off to a good start and winning the first two in NO and Memphis.

@PSP - refresh my memory...what's the Q?


@LakerKev are you a teach/professor? Turnaround on the way....starting with the roady.


@Mamba - Good post. Bruce Lee had a very positive impact on Kareem's professionalism and dedication to his craft.

Dude...Nice to see Cap doing WELL, LO, I guess the western coach's were watching the end of the Clip's and Laker game. The rookie played to the last second, LO just dragged his @ss. LO or Pau were NOT deserving, La marcus got ROBBED.

Big Road trip. Any predictions. I think the fellas will go 5-2. Which would make for a very good road trip. The key will is getting off to a good start and winning the first two in NO and Memphis.

Posted by: LRob | February 05, 2011 at 08:54 AM


yeah, 5-2 would be respectable. I tend to think we might be 6-1, two years ago we went 7 or 8-0. 5 wins minimum for sure. The Boston, Orlando games have a way of flipping a coin. Boston will be tough, if we win that game, we should beat Orlando, they're going to miss Gortat against our Frontline. Get Howard in foul trouble.

Personally, Ryan Anderson, could be a good player...I'm not as impressed with his game. For 6'11, no post game, should be gangbusters on the boards...not. Settles for jumpers. Danilo Gallinari is a much better big man on the perimeter than Anderson.

LRob, I believe this is THE defining trip of the entire year. Our guys have just come off a really miserable stretch of games in which they actually started to show some concerted and sustained effort. The Spurs game was a good example of that, and they still lost. And now many, including many on this blog, are calling for all sorts of crazy trades.

So it's a perfect opportunity to make their move. Show the league that it's TIME. The non-believers' opportunity for snickering and taunts is OVER (or, for Mark Jackson, OVUH!). We've got this. Blessed beatdowns coming.

Thanks for asking LRob, yes I'm a French teacher in a very interesting setting--an inner-city school in the biggest Haitian ghetto in Central Florida (Orlando). My school partipates in an international program for academically gifted (traditional, not pc sense) students. They are brilliant and broke, 15% homeless. I love what I do and it blows me away when a student shines with gratitude when I give them a NOTEBOOK and a PEN...back to perspective.

G.Money, my favorite fauxtroll. I do believe that you will one day be one of us, my friend. Bask with us in our glory with #17, taking your blogging talents with you from South Beach to Figueroa Avenue for the parade. It's inevitable. Don't fight it. Come over from The Dark Side. And at last become...the little basker we all know you can be.

Laker Kev,

You are doing true work. I have two sisters that are teachers in Detroit. Lots of challenges but obviously no comparison to your situation. Keep up the good work and thanks for the perspective.

You should email your profile to MM.

Laker Kev, I second the emotion...you are doing sacred duty, my friend. You will never forget it or regret it. And your students will remember you forever. Keep up the great work!

LRob, CornerJ

Merci brothers. I'm sure you guys are doing great work wherever you are, too. Love the way we can come together around our common good will and Laker addiction! :-)

LRob,
Remember the question about the regular season being all practice or not? Anyway if you don't want to answer, the PSP understand;

G.Money, is your name based off of G Money in New Jack City?

Thanks
PSP Intern

Laker Kev,

The PSP salute you; you are doing a great service to people that are truly in need.

Thanks
PSP Intern

"My song today fits in with Kareem’s news. Great lyrics. Great song about appreciating each day.

Tim McGraw – Live Like You were Dying
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LxDkWBvxHEI


What’s up Justa, LakerKev, PSP, Sean.

Posted by: LRob
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Excellent choice! Y'all play it!

Thanks for the shout-out PSP, and love your handle!

Great news indeed formr sky hook kareem man big ups to brother.To God be the glory great things he has done.

Now lets go Lakers! Time to end this 2 game slide, and start this road trip off on a good note with a win i new orleans.

Sean - good. Glad to hear you're in a good place, in your program and ready to work. You've already made a lot of us proud, and I really do mean that sincerely.

Mamba24 - I know you're good - that's why I didn't ask LOL!!

LRob - I know I've been slacking in my duties. Can the Music Crue ever forgive me? Ok.... this was on my iPod yesterday during my morning commute. Always liked this song - I think it's one of Pac's best ones:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rFeHZCzaxZ4

Laker Kev - wow. You are a true hero. All teachers are. Trying to make the world a better place by helping raise the next generation with little or no recognition for their efforts.... You're right - so many more things more important to think about to put our lives into perspective. Merci beaucoup, mon ami.


Mamba24 - I know you're good - that's why I didn't ask LOL!!Posted by: justanothermambafan | February 05, 2011 at 10:06 AM
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*sniff* *sniff* Thank you, I think I'm going to cry.......

I don't mean to burst anyones bubble... but CML can not be "cured" with the oral medication. A Bone Marrow Transplant is the only known cure to CML and I'm terribly confused by his announcement.

Congratulations to Kareem! Always the Captain. Very happy for you.


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