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EP 220 – Kareem Abdul Jabbar – Knowledge is Power


July 30, 2018 by Tola

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is one of the greatest basketball players of all time. He played and won championships for the Milwaukee Bucks and the Los Angeles Lakers. One thing young athletes can learn from him is that knowledge is power in sports.

Out of the 20 seasons he played, he was an NBA All-Star for 19 of them. That is still a record. Kareem retired in 1989 and in 2007 ESPN voted him the greatest center of all time.

There is so much that can be learnt from such a successful athlete. In this episode I highlight 3 lessons that Kareem can teach us one of which is always have mentors. This cannot be overstated if you want to succeed in sports. They would teach you things you don’t need to find out on your own.

Also you’ll why preparation is key in sports and its the athletes who prepare best that succeed the most. And finally, knowledge is power in sports. The fact that you know more than your peers is already an advantage for you.

I break down the rest of his career on this episode of Athlete Maestro.

Remember, knowing is not enough you must apply, willing is not enough you must do.

Listen below and get in touch if you have any questions tola@athletemaestro.com


  • How Kareem had a variety of people throughout his career he learnt lessons from
  • Why learning from mentors is a faster way to avoid errors
  • How coach John Wooden taught Kareem that preparation is key
  • Before every game they would analyse the opposing team and go into the game with a specific aim
  • Preparation is taking time to study
  • How knowledge is power in sports.

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Tola Ogunlewe is a Sports Performance Coach, Sports Lawyer, Father and the creator of Athlete Maestro.

He is a real world mentor to young athletes.

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