LOS ANGELES >> Kareem Abdul-Jabbar briefly returned to the hospital Wednesday, two weeks after having quadruple coronary bypass surgery.
Abdul-Jabbar’s business manager, Deborah Morales, said it was just a precaution and that the NBA career scoring leader was examined and released after about an hour. She said he was feeling fine and resting comfortably at home.
Morales said the 68-year-old Abdul-Jabbar experienced a heart irregularity of some kind Wednesday morning and was examined by doctors at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center in Los Angeles. She says he didn’t have any chest pain.
Abdul-Jabbar had surgery April 16. Earlier Wednesday — before the episode — he tweeted that he was “doing fine & feeling better everyday.”
Abdul-Jabbar is the NBA’s career scoring leader with 38,387 points during a 20-year career with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers and that ended in 1989. The 7-foot-2 center was known for his trademark sky hook shot.
Abdul-Jabbar was a record six-time NBA MVP and a record 19-time All-Star. He was twice voted MVP of the NBA Finals. The Hall of Famer led the Bucks to their lone title in 1971 and helped the Lakers win five championships during the franchise’s “Showtime” era.
Born Lewis Alcindor Jr. in New York, he adopted the Muslim name Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in 1971.
He played on three consecutive national title teams at UCLA under coach John Wooden, and was named the tournament MVP each time.