Basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar hospitalized due to fall

 December 18, 2023

Former basketball superstar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar had to be hospitalized late last week following a medical emergency. 

According to the Daily Caller, Abdul-Jabbar suffered a fall while attending a concert in Los Angeles this past Friday evening.

Abdul-Jabbar underwent surgery

A statement was posted to the social media platform previously known as Twitter by longtime business partner Deborah Morales which explained that Abdul-Jabbar sustained a broken hip.

"Last night while attending a concert, Kareem had an accidental fall and broke his hip. He will have surgery today," Morales wrote on Saturday.

"We are all deeply appreciative of all the support for Kareem, especially from the Los Angeles Fire Department who assisted Kareem on site and the amazing medical team and doctors at UCLA Hospital who are taking great care of Kareem now," she added.

"I’d like to say I fell while trying to save a child"

The Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame member also addressed the incident on his Substack page, joking, "I’d like to say I fell while trying to save a child from plunging over a balcony, but I just tripped.

"Hard for me to accept that a once world-class athlete just stumbled. But age is the great equalizer and humbles us all," the basketball legend continued.

"Now, I’m a world-class patient in a bed convalescing from a hip replacement like 450,000 other Americans every year," he added before thanking the Los Angeles Fire Department as well as his medical team.

The Hall of Famer explained that he will be taking some time off from public life but pledged to return "with a shiny new hip and a lot of shiny thoughts to share."

Magic Johnson voices support

Support for Abdul-Jabbar quickly appeared online, including from fellow former basketball legend Earvin "Magic" Johnson.

"I'm wishing my Showtime teammate Kareem Abdul-Jabbar a speedy recovery after falling and breaking his hip! Praying for the Captain!" Johnson wrote.

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