Lakers Legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Now Cancer Free

| by Alex Groberman

NBA and Los Angeles fans alike can rest easy -- basketball legend Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says he’s now officially cancer free.

By way of his Twitter account, the highly respected hoops great announced that he is finally free and clear of the chronic myeloid leukemia that he has been treating for over a year.

“I am 100 percent cancer-free!!” he Tweeted. “last blood test looked great. Feeling great.”

Abdul-Jabbar originally revealed his illness in an interview with ABC News.

The rare bone marrow cancer is a frightening diagnosis for anyone who receives it, however, the Lakers legend battled through it with champion-like courage and an unwavering positive attitude.

Admitting that when he originally got the disease he considered it a death sentence in that ABC interview, the 62-year-old Abdul-Jabbar described his reaction to finding out he had chromosome-positive chronic myeloid leukemia, or PH+CML.

“I heard the word ‘leukemia,’ and I thought this was definitely a death sentence.”

Shortly thereafter, though, the hoops great took the bull by the horns.

“If I can do this as I’m told to do this as I’m told to do it, I can manage this,” he said.

Abdul-Jabbar played for the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles during a storied career that lasted over 24 years. He retired as -- and remains -- the league’s all-time leader in points, minutes, field goals, field goal attempts and All-Star game selections.

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