Kareem Abdul-Jabbar undergoes coronary bypass surgery

Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery on Thursday.
Publish date:

Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery on Thursday.

UCLA Health issued a statement on Friday saying Abdul-Jabbar was admitted to the school's medical center this week with cardiovascular disease.

Richard Shemin, UCLA's chief of cardiac surgery, performed the operation and said he expects Abdul-Jabbar, 68, to make a full recovery.

In the statement, Abdul-Jabbar asks that "you keep him in your thoughts and, most importantly, cherish and live each day to its fullest."

Over 20 seasons with the Bucks and Lakers, the Hall of Fame center earned six NBA Most Valuable Player awards and holds the all-time record of 38,387 points scored. He was also a three-time National Player of the Year and NCAA champion with the Bruins.