Today in Sports History: February 14

By Jonah Sharf

On February 14, 1986, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar became the NBA’s all-time leader in career minutes, surpassing Elvin Hayes’ 50,000. Kareem maintains that record to this day, with his 57,446 minutes eclipsing the second place Karl Malone’s 54,852. Kareem is considered one of the greatest to ever play the game, playing 20 seasons throughout his career for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers. He won six NBA championships, one with the Bucks and five with the Lakers, earning two Finals MVPs along the way. Kareem earned six NBA MVP awards, the all-time record, and formed one of the most formidable duos of all time along with Magic Johnson while on the Lakers. Through his 20 seasons, Kareem was named an All-star 19 times, was a 15-time All-NBA selection, 11-time All-Defensive selection, and is the all-time leading scorer in NBA history.

 

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