Kareem: 20 Things I Wish I’d Known When I Was 30

By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

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When I was thirty, I was living my dream. I’d already accomplished  most of what I’d set out to achieve professionally: leading scorer in the NBA,  leading rebounder, leading blocker, Most Valuable Player, All-Star. But success  can be as blinding as Bill Walton’s finger in the eye when battling for a  rebound. I made mistakes. Plenty of them. In fact, sometimes I wish I could  climb into a time machine and go back to shake some sense into that  thirty-year-old me. If I could, here’s the advice I would give him:

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