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Here is a rare and extremely historically significant Milwaukee Bucks warm-up shirt worn by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar during his first two seasons in the NBA. This remarkable shirt dates precisely from the time of Jabbar's name change. The jersey has the name "Jabbar" on the back in green-on-red tackle twill. Jabbar was christened Lew Alcindor, but in college he converted from Catholicism to Islam and changed his name to Kareem (meaning "noble and generous") Abdul ("serves Allah") Jabbar ("powerful"). Although Jabbar's name change took place prior to his NBA debut, he didn't make the change public until his second NBA season (1970-1971). This jersey reflects that name change. The original nameplate which would have been lettered "Alcindor" has been removed and the stitch outline of its former location is clearly visible. The front of the shirt features a green basketball on the left chest with "Bucks" stitched in white and ball seams stitched in red. Inside the collar is a Sand-Knit Mid-City label and a Sand-Knit size 40 label with laundry instructions. The collar, sleeve and waist openings bear green-red-green knit stripe accents. Jabbar has signed "Abdul Jabbar" on the front in black marker ("8"). Moderate wear throughout including light staining on the front. Jabbar was spectacular with Milwaukee during the 1970-71 season. He led the NBA in scoring, averaging 31.7 points per game, and was also second in the League in field goal percentage (.577) and fourth in rebounds per game (16). (Those numbers helped earn the first of his six MVP awards.) Teaming with the great Oscar Robertson, Jabbar also led the Bucks to the NBA championship that season and was named the NBA Finals MVP. Jabbar was elected to the Hall of Fame in 1995 and in the following year he was selected as one of the NBA's 50 Greatest Players by a panel of experts. LOA from JSA. LOA from Mears as Authentic.
Rookie Era Lew Alcindor/Kareem Abdul-Jabbar 1969-71 Milwaukee Bucks Signed Warm-Up Shirt
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