Kareem Jabbar’s Giant Steps

This paper discusses Kareem Jabbar’s Giant Steps, autobiography of the professional basketball star.

This paper is a review of the book Giant Steps by Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Peter Knobler. This book is the autobiography of basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, and as such it contains a great deal of background on the games of basketball, the other players, one of the major games in which Jabbar has been involved, and even some pointers on how the game should be played. Of greater interest to the general reader, however, is the underlying story of one individual’s effort to overcome what he saw as handicaps and to find a place for himself in the world. The personage that emerges from this portrait is interesting, somewhat shy. And as his story progresses Jabbar becomes more and more in control of his own life and his own attitudes. This latter is particularly important in the world of professional sports, which is shown in this book to be …

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