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Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) stands among his fellow graduates during graduation at UCLA on June 15, 1969. (Curt Gunther/SI)

GALLERY: Athletes at Graduation

Lew Alcindor (Kareem Abdul-Jabbar) stands among his fellow graduates during graduation at UCLA on June 15, 1969. (Curt Gunther/SI)
GALLERY: Athletes at Graduation

After 28 years as NBA Commissioner, David Stern announced that he’ll resign his post in 2014. In this photo, just his second year on the job, Stern and the world champion Lakers visit Ronald Reagan in The White House. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

IN FOCUS: David Stern’s career in photos 

After 28 years as NBA Commissioner, David Stern announced that he’ll resign his post in 2014. In this photo, just his second year on the job, Stern and the world champion Lakers visit Ronald Reagan in The White House. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
IN FOCUS: David Stern’s career in photos 

Jerry West leads the break during the 1972 Western Conference Finals between the Lakers and Bucks. Los Angeles would wind up eliminating Milwaukee in six games on their way to an NBA championship. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)

GALLERY: Iconic Photos of the Los Angeles Lakers

Jerry West leads the break during the 1972 Western Conference Finals between the Lakers and Bucks. Los Angeles would wind up eliminating Milwaukee in six games on their way to an NBA championship. (Walter Iooss Jr./SI)
GALLERY: Iconic Photos of the Los Angeles Lakers

Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar taking a sky hook over Nuggets forward Dan Issel during a 1985 Denver-Los Angeles game. This year’s Lakers squad is off to a 12-9 record, good enough for the No. 9 spot in this week’s NBA Power Rankings. Denver (14-6) comes in at No. 5. (Andy Hayt/SI)

ROBSON: Heat, Bulls hold down top spots in this week’s Power Rankings

Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar taking a sky hook over Nuggets forward Dan Issel during a 1985 Denver-Los Angeles game. This year’s Lakers squad is off to a 12-9 record, good enough for the No. 9 spot in this week’s NBA Power Rankings. Denver (14-6) comes in at No. 5. (Andy Hayt/SI)
ROBSON: Heat, Bulls hold down top spots in this week’s Power Rankings

Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabar presents President Ronald Reagan with an honorary jersey during the world champion Los Angeles Lakers visit to the White House in 1985. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

GALLERY: Athletes Visiting The White House

Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabar presents President Ronald Reagan with an honorary jersey during the world champion Los Angeles Lakers visit to the White House in 1985. (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)
GALLERY: Athletes Visiting The White House

The 1987-88 Lakers pose for an SI photo shoot before the playoffs. The team would win the NBA title two months later, becoming the first back-to-back champions in 20 years. (Lane Stewart/SI)

GALLERY: Iconic photos of the Lakers

The 1987-88 Lakers pose for an SI photo shoot before the playoffs. The team would win the NBA title two months later, becoming the first back-to-back champions in 20 years. (Lane Stewart/SI)
GALLERY: Iconic photos of the Lakers

Members of the 1981-82 Los Angeles Lakers — Norm Nixon (10), Mitch Kupchak (41), coach Paul Westhead, Jamaal Wilkes (52), Magic Johnson (32), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33), and Michael Cooper (21) — sit in classroom for a SI photo shoot. The Lakers went onto win the title nine months later. Will they have the same success this season? (Lane Stewart/SI)

THOMSEN: The free agent frenzy will soon begin. Here’s all you need to know
MANNIX: The top 20 free agents of 2011 | Complete list of free agents
AMICK: Four teams express interest in David West | Celtics eye Chris Paul

Members of the 1981-82 Los Angeles Lakers —  Norm Nixon (10), Mitch Kupchak (41), coach Paul Westhead, Jamaal Wilkes  (52), Magic Johnson (32), Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (33), and Michael Cooper  (21) — sit in classroom for a SI photo shoot. The Lakers went onto win the title nine months later. Will they have the same success this season? (Lane Stewart/SI)
THOMSEN: The free agent frenzy will soon begin. Here’s all you need to knowMANNIX: The top 20 free agents of 2011 | Complete list of free agentsAMICK: Four teams express interest in David West | Celtics eye Chris Paul

Kareem Abdul Jabbar guest stars as Arnold’s substitute teacher on Diff’rent Strokes (1984).

Kareem Abdul Jabbar guest stars as Arnold’s substitute teacher on Diff’rent Strokes (1984).