“Becoming Kareem,” a memoir released late last year about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s life from childhood to the age of 24 will become a stage show this fall, according to an Associated Press report.
Since his playing days, Abdul-Jabbar has written more than a dozen books, including children’s adventure books featuring Mycroft Holmes, the older brother of Sherlock. His memoir, “Becoming Kareem” was co-authored by Abdul-Jabbar and Raymond Obstfeld.
“I did the book because I thought that the process that I went through could be very useful for young people right now,” Abdul-Jabbar told The Associated Press .
“Becoming Kareem” tells the story of his “turbulent journey from being the good little boy attending Catholic school to becoming a world-class athlete, world-shaking activist, and world-wide best-selling author was guided by a series of well-meaning mentors.” Kareem shares his top seven mentors and the most important lesson learned from each.
After the book was published, sports journalist Roy Firestone reached out to Abdul-Jabbar with the idea of turning the memoir into a stage show. Beginning later in 2018, Firestone, a seven time Emmy award winner, will join Abdul-Jabbar on a cross-country tour. Abdul-Jabbar will be interviewed by Firestone, discuss his life, mentors and field questions from a live audience.
Details regarding specific dates, locations and ticket information have not yet been released.