HBO Sports sets fall premiere for Abdul-Jabbar doc

U.S. premium cable service HBO Sports has set a November 3 air date for its latest documentary, Kareem: Minority of One, which chronicles the life and career of NBA Hall of Famer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (pictured).
July 27, 2015

U.S. premium cable service HBO Sports has set a November 3 air date for the documentary Kareem: Minority of One, which chronicles the life and career of NBA Hall of Famer, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (pictured).

Narrated by actor Liev Schreiber, the previously announced 90-minute film provides an in-depth look at the basketball player’s collegiate and professional career through archival footage and first-time interviews with Abdul-Jabbar – who was born Ferdinand Lewis Alcindor, Jr. – about his life story.

The film will also include commentary from the player’s former Los Angeles Lakers teammates and NBA greats, including Magic Johnson, Jamaal Wilkes, Larry Bird, Oscar Robertson and Julius Erving, as well as celebrities Quincy Jones and Billy Crystal, social commentators and childhood friends and family.

Abdul-Jabbar retired in 1989 as the NBA’s all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points, and a six-time MVP and world champion.

Kareem: Minority of One is produced by HBO Sports and Mandalay Sports Media, in association with Iconomy Multi-Media & Entertainment. Deborah Morales is producing for Iconomy Multi-Media & Entertainment and Mike Tollin is exec producing for Mandalay Sports Media.

Kareem: Minority of One premieres November 3 at 10 p.m. EST/PST on HBO as well as the platforms HBO Now and HBO Go.

“Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is a legendary figure and an American sports icon,” said Ken Hershman, president for HBO Sports, in a statement. “While he has lived so much of his life in the media spotlight, his extraordinary story has never been explored in depth, and we are grateful to Kareem and his team for allowing us to bring this story to life.”

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