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Last Updated: Sunday, 4 September 2005, 08:38 GMT 09:38 UK
Abdul-Jabbar joins Lakers staff
NBA legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has re-joined the Los Angeles Lakers as an assistant coach, marking his first return to the team in 16 years.

Abdul-Jabbar is a six-time winner of the NBA's most valuable player award and remains the league's all-time scoring leader.

The 58-year-old had 14 seasons with the Lakers and six with Milwaukee Bucks.

"We are pleased to welcome Kareem back to the organisation," said Lakers general manager Mitch Kupchak.

"His skills and talent on the court were truly remarkable and we look forward to having Kareem help our big men develop these skills and tutor them on what it takes to be a successful player in this league."

Abdul-Jabbar was the first overall pick in the 1969 draft by Milwaukee and was a 19-time NBA All-Star.

He worked briefly as an assistant coach with the Los Angeles Clippers at the end of the 1999-2000 season.





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