Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to Star in New Documentary for HBO

Adam FromalNational NBA Featured ColumnistMay 15, 2014

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is no stranger to cinematic masterpieces. 

Anyone who has seen Airplane can tell you that, as Kareemerr, Roger Murdockwas absolutely fantastic in his brief appearance. Now he's following up his comedy exploits with something a bit more serious.

According to NBCLosAngeles.com's Shahan Ahmed, Kareem will be starring in an HBO documentary that attempts to explain the life story of the oft-misunderstood center:

Soon enough, the world will understand and experience the life of an iconic 7-foot 2-inch intellectual that lived through one of the most socially transformative half-centuries in history.

Los Angeles Lakers legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has signed on to do a documentary involving HBO Sports, Mandalay Sports Media and Iconomy Multi-Media and Entertainment focused on the legend’s social and cultural involvement off the court and landmark achievements on it.

While the master of the skyhook, Abdul-Jabbar could never handle the press in endearing fashion. His standoffishness sometimes rubbed members of the media the wrong way during his playing career, which is really a shame.

After all, the Hall of Famer is one of the NBA's most famous intellectuals and has gone through quite a lot in his 67 years on this planet.

"From growing up in New York City to maturing in Los Angeles, Abdul-Jabbar, now 67 years old, lived through great social change throughout his public life," wrote Ahmed. "Born Lew Alcindor, Abdul-Jabbar converted to Islam in 1968 and was a prominent and respected face whenever mainstream social issues crossed over into the realm of sports or vice versa."

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Now, he gets a chance to explain his side of the story. And the world should be listening.

"By his own admission, Abdul-Jabbar has had a complicated and occasionally hostile relationship with the media," explained Mike Tollin, the executive producer of this documentary.

According to InsideSocal.com's Mark Medina, the show will air in early 2015, so you can't exactly buy advanced tickets or set your calendars quite yet.

Keep it on your radar nonethelessespecially if you're young enough that you didn't get to witness the legendary big man working his magic on the court for yourself. 

Airplane and this as-of-yet-unnamed documentary most certainly aren't in the same genre, but just as the 1980 comedy was a must-watch film, so too will this one fall into that same category.

Abdul-Jabbar is too interesting a character for it to flop.