“Very flattered”: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reacts to NBA naming social justice award after him

The NBA announced on Thursday that they had created a new award in honour of Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the league’s all-time leading scorer and now a civil activist.

The award, named the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award, will recognise those players who best strive for social justice and racial inequality.

When met with the news, Kareem expressed his gratitude.

“It’s nice to see the NBA try to promote social justice awareness, and I am very flattered they would see fit to name the award after me,” Abdul-Jabbar told The Undefeated.

“I know I have some history with this, so I’m happy the way it’s worked out.” Kareem said

Aside from being one of the greatest players to play the game, Kareem, who was part of the Jim Crow era, stood up to racial inequality and took a stand for betterment of African-Americans. Therefore, it seems fitting to name the award in honour of him.

How will it work?

All 30 NBA teams will nominate a player who they see fit for the award. The finalists will be selected by a seven-person committee composed of league executives, activists and former NBA players.

The winner of the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Social Justice Champion award will be announced at some point during the Playoffs. The winner will receive $100,000 from the league, to donate to a charity or organisation of his choice.

The four runner-ups will receive $25,000 for the same purpose.

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