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Mon May 6, 2013
Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Speaks to 2013 New England Tech Graduates
Retired professional basketball player, best-selling author and filmmaker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was the keynote speaker at the New England Institute of Technology graduation ceremony yesterday (Sunday.) He told the roughly 12-hundred graduates about the things he wished he had done when he was their age.
Don’t eat brussel sprouts. Play more video games. Thank your parents. Those were some of the messages retired NBA great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar gave to the roughly 12-hundred graduates of the New England Institute of Technology at a graduation ceremony at the Rhode Island Convention Center. Later, in an informal interview with reporters, Abdul-Jabbar, revealed how painfully shy he was when he was first thrust into the media spotlight in high school.
"At first I didn’t enjoy it because I just wanted to play basketball and I thought I could just play basketball and just go about my life. You can’t do that. So I had to find that out the hard way."
Of brusssel sprouts, Abdul-Jabbar said – quote – “They look like eyeballs and taste like elbows. They’re just nasty.”
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