NBA Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar was admitted to a hospital on Friday night after he fell and broke his hip. Per NPR, Abdul-Jabbar’s longtime business partner, Deborah Morales, said the incident happened at a concert the 76-year-old was attending in Los Angeles.
“Kareem had an accidental fall and broke his hip,” Morales said in a statement on the Los Angeles Lakers legend’s X (formerly Twitter) account. “He will have surgery today. We are all deeply appreciative of all the support for Kareem, especially from the Los Angeles Fire Department who assisted Kareem on site and the amazing medical team and doctors at UCLA Hospital who are taking great care of Kareem now.”
Morales also told CNN on Sunday that the 76-year-old was “recovering just fine” after he underwent the surgery.
A six-time NBA champion, Abdul-Jabbar, who also played for the Boston Celtics, was the league’s all-time leading scorer until LeBron James broke the record in February. Abdul-Jabbar had held that record for 39 years.
Abdul-Jabbar also won the NBA’s Rookie of the Year in 1970 after the Milwaukee Bucks drafted him. He was traded to the Los Angeles Lakers in 1975 and went ahead to win five NBA championships with the franchise.