Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Speaks to 2013 New England Tech Graduates

May 6, 2013

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.

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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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