Kareem Abdul-Jabbar writing novel on Sherlock Holmes’ brother


kareem-abdul-jabbar-smileLegendary former NBA center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has previously already said briefly that he was working on a “detective novel”.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is not just one of the most famous basketball players ever. He’s also an author.

He wrote an autobiography back in 1983, titled “Giant Steps”, and has been involved in publishing since. His last book was “What Color Is My World? The Lost History of African American Inventors.”

The NBA’s leadering scorer in history has a total of 8 published books, but he’s just in the middle of work on his first novel. Until now, he has only written nonfiction books.

Currently, Abdul-Jabbar is working on a new book. The subject for his first novel – Sherlock Holmes’ brother, Mycroft Holmes.

Set in England and Trinidad, the story centers on Mycroft, a recent university graduate working for the British Secretary of State for War. Mycroft learns from his best friend of troubling events occurring in Trinidad — mysterious disappearances, dead children and strange, backward facing footprints in the sand. Mycroft goes to Trinidad to investigate and to follow his fiancée, Georgiana, who was raised on the island. Sherlock has a cameo as a King’s College student,” says the brief description of the novel on NY Times.

Abdul-Jabbar himself doesn’t take it too seriously, as he admitted in an interview with CBS Radio.

“Wait after you read it, you might want to  send me back to grade school,” he laughed, describing his first fiction book as a “19th century detective novel”.

Abdul-Jabbar was  a record 19-time NBA All-Star, a 15-time All-NBA selection, and an 11-time NBA All-Defensive Team member.

In 1996, he was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. Abdul-Jabbar played 1560 games in the NBA, averaging 24.6 ppg, 11.2 rpg in 36.8 mpg.



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