Legendary Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Undergoes Quadruple Coronary Bypass Surgery

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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar attends the NBA’s All-Star Weekend on February 15, 2014 in New Orleans, Louisiana. (Credit: Ronald Martinez/Getty Images)

NBA Hall of Fame center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar underwent quadruple coronary bypass surgery Thursday at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the hospital said Friday.

The Lakers great was diagnosed with cardiovascular disease earlier in the week.

A press release from UCLA said, “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. He is looking forward to getting back to his normal activities soon.”

Dr. Richard Shemin, who performed the operation, said Abdul-Jabbar was expected to make a full recovery.

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