first_img“Wishing a speedy recovery to my big brother, great friend & “The Captain,’” tweeted Magic Johnson, who played with Abdul-Jabbar with the Showtime Lakers. “Get well soon!”Lakers president Jeanie Buss also tweeted, “Dear Lakers Family: Please send all your positive energy to our Captain-Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. Get well soon!”Lately, Abdul-Jabbar has remained busy co-authoring numerous books, the latest titled “Stealing the Game,” a novel targeted to pre-teen kids that was released in February.After winning three national championships with the Bruins under the late John Wooden, Abdul-Jabbar was drafted by the Milwaukee Bucks before they traded him in 1975 to the Lakers. He then won five of his six NBA titles with the Showtime Lakers and has remained the NBA’s all-time leading scorer. The Lakers unveiled a statue of Abdul-Jabbar’s likeness outside Staples Center in 2012, an image that captured his signature skyhook and explains how he cemented himself as one of the game’s all-time great centers. Abdul-Jabbar has occasionally attended Lakers games and also appeared with Johnson and Jamaal Wilkes at Byron Scott’s introductory press conference last summer as the Lakers’ new coach. Former Lakers and UCLA center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery on his 68th birthday on Thursday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center after being admitted this week with a cardiovascular disease.UCLA’s chief of cardiac surgery Dr. Richard Shemin said in a statement released by the university that he expects Abdul-Jabbar to make a full recovery. The statement also read that Abdul-Jabbar, his physician and spokesperson will not provide any interviews or additional information.“At this time, Abdul-Jabbar would like to thank his surgical team and the medical staff at UCLA, his alma mater, for the excellent care he has received,” the statement read. “He is looking forward to getting back to his normal activities soon.”Abdul-Jabbar was also diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia on November 2009, but he has since said then that he has fully recovered from his illness. A few members of the Lakers publicly tweeted out hopes that Abdul-Jabbar proves just as successful following his latest procedure. Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Errorlast_img