How tall is Kareem Abdul Jabbar ?

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Kareem Abdul Jabbar's height is 7ft 1.875in (218 cm)

Former American Basketball Player. He has been measured barefoot at over 7ft 1 several times while at Milwaukee Bucks. He said: "I was measured last September and was 7 feet 1 and five eighths. I've grown a quarter of an inch since coming into the pros. A man ought to know how tall he is.".
In 1976 he said that "I'm 7 feet 1 and 7/8th inches, anyone who says otherwise is being fallacious."
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Michael Sowell says on 8/Dec/14
To Henry,

While Kareem is indeed taller than Shaq, you have to keep two things in mind in that photograph. First, Shaq is behind Kareem so that will make him appear smaller. Also, Shaq is leaning into Kareem and is not standing completely straight.
Lulu says on 28/Oct/14
K A-J Is a great person to many communities. I am 65 inches high and he is miles in giving so therefore, this is a silly - goodbye and good luck.
Alex 6'0 says on 14/Aug/14
7/1 5/8 adding 1/4 inch is 7'1 7/8. Legit 7'2 guy he was
KROC says on 2/Jun/14
Kareem has never seen 7'3 sorry. I talked to Artis Gilmore, an old time basketball player, a couple of years ago. Artis was and still is 7'2. From what he told me, when him Kareem were in their prime they were the exact same height. Wilt(Chamberlain) was also around this height. Kareem has lost a bit, he's down to 7'1.
Clay says on 2/Jun/14
jim says on 19/Oct/12
he should be close to 7 ft 5 since shaq is 7 ft 1
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Thats a pretty bad angle. It's an inch between them.
Brah says on 3/May/14
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Henry says on 3/May/14
I think Kareem must have been 7'3" after a full night sleep peak. Shaq was measured 7'1" barefoot, and Kareem TOWERS over Shaq ever after height loss from old age. Even 7'2" looks way too low for Peak Kareem. Click Here
Alex 6ft 0 says on 5/Apr/14
So he would be 7'2 then growing the 1/4 inch. He did look 3 inches taller than Shaq but he was closer to the camera and picture was in his favor. In reality they're more like an inch apart I would think
[Editor Rob: the measurement for this guy was 7ft 1 3/8ths and then he is saying he grew a 1/4 inch and 7ft 1 5/8ths.

Actually measuring him though I think is a trickier thing, I suppose the margin of error is big, I remember the picture of him against the wall with the physician standing on a chair and holding something above his head.]
Lillo thomas says on 27/Feb/14
Kareem Abdul jabbar can look 7'3 next to other nba players.
Joe says on 15/Sep/13
I would suspect that taller men lose MORE height than shorter men. However, it's probably not as noticeable. I mean, who can tell the difference between 7'1'' and 6'11''?
Mike says on 10/Aug/13
I saw him recently from about 100 feet away and he looked towering even at his current age. Easily over 7 feet even now. Very tall men like him don't generally seem to lose as much height as other men. When you look at NBA old-timers they mostly seem pretty close to their playing height, even Bill Russell. I guess they are often have physically slightly stronger bone structure which is how they became so tall to begin with.
Xhavier says on 16/Apr/13
As a further note: Manute Bol, the 7ft 6.75in centre, had warm up pants with a
50 inch inseam. Now that's a leggy man!
Xhavier says on 16/Apr/13
Again going from the inseam conversation component below:

This website:
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Say the inseam of the jeans he is wearing is 40 something.

His legs also look pretty darn similar to that of Wilt Chamberlain.

There is a picture of him with a famous Jockey where it would suggest that the length of his pants from waist band to end is a maximum of 4ft 6in.

Based on that, it would be conceivable that his pants inseam was a maximum of 44 inches, and depending on the rise of the pants would take from a 40 to 44.

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This site shoes a pair of warm up pants from his days with the Globetrotters.
Waist 36, Inseam 40, Rise + 2.

In pictures beside each other, Kareem's and Wilt's legs look very close to each other.

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Has Kareem's pants as a 34 Waist and 44 Inch inseam.

I think they exaggerated the 51 Inch inseam quote in the earlier link I posted today.

Either way they were both very tall people, good at the game, and made an impact in their sport.
Xhavier says on 16/Apr/13
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At the website above it says Kareem had a 51 inch inseam.
Drummer777 says on 31/Mar/13
Kareem is 7'1, Wilt Chamberlain 6'11.....
Jeff says on 27/Jan/13
Note to height enthusiasts: typical shoe height is 1 1/4" aka 1.25" aka one and a quarter inches. (Everyone here knows that shoes add height; I'm just trying to help give a rough quantification of that boost. A lot of NBA players listed heights include shoes and round up, and end up ~1.5 inches to their barefoot heights. But 1.25 seems to be the best and most consistent "boost" number.) The way you can get this estimate is by looking at modern combine numbers. There is some variation in shoe height, but the vast bulk is almost exactly 1 1/4".

After reading all of this, I'm thinking that Kareem's barefoot height was at least just a hair under 7'2", but with shoes his height was a couple hairs over 7'3". This would make him shorter than Sampson, but taller than the typical "seven footer." And helps explain that his height differential with Magic and Drexler suggests more than 7'2". Maybe Kareem was even taller, but compared to the typical hight listing in the NBA (Jordan 6'6", Magic 6'8" or 6'9", LeBron 6'8"), Kareem's NBA listed height would have been comparatively more accurate at least at 7'3".
Arch Stanton says on 2/Dec/12
RP says on 15/Oct/12
Kareem once stated in an interview in the late 80's during the Lakers Finals matchup with the Pistons that he continued to grow into his late 20's. And that thinks to the stretching of yoga for years, that he indeed was almost 7'3" at one point. He said just a hair under 7'3". He's own words!!!

I can believe it, he looked it. And Mamun himself said he was taller in person than this listing. It is easier to over estimate a guy as super tall and skinny as this but in all honesty in that photo with Mamun the guy looked at least 7'3.
Arch Stanton says on 2/Dec/12
Have you seen the movie he was in with Bruce Lee? His inseams look like 50 inches!! He rather reminds me of a stick insect giant in one of the old Nintendo games I played as a kid in it! I could buy as high as 7 ft 3 peak, he looked it. Also looked taller than 7 ft 1 next to Mamun.
Duhon says on 25/Oct/12
he should be close to 7 ft 5 since shaq is 7 ft 1
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No, you have to take into account shaq's lean. Shaq was measured barefoot 7'1", yet it's obvious kareem still has more than .625" on him. Kareem is as legit 7'2" as there is.
jim says on 19/Oct/12
he should be close to 7 ft 5 since shaq is 7 ft 1
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RP says on 15/Oct/12
Kareem once stated in an interview in the late 80's during the Lakers Finals matchup with the Pistons that he continued to grow into his late 20's. And that thinks to the stretching of yoga for years, that he indeed was almost 7'3" at one point. He said just a hair under 7'3". He's own words!!!
Duhon says on 16/Sep/12
What is to say he didn't grow another quarter of an inch or so after 22 though, putting him at roughly 7'2"? You're assuming a very linear growth pattern for man with a very atypical height.

I wouldn't be arguing this if kareem appeared a weak 7'2" in photos but he doesn't. Like i said he appears a VERY strong 7'2" and if his height was not well known, would probably be estimated at 7'3" by a lot of people, as he often is in photo comparisons posted on this site.
RoelC says on 16/Sep/12
Duhon says on 9/Sep/12
As most people not only estimate him at 7'2" but a very strong 7'2" even into later age. I for one don't find it hard to believe a man already standing over 7 feet could have grown several more cm's in his early twenties.

Duhon, Kareem's growth basically stopped by the time he was measured at the age of 22. He only grew a quarter of an inch between the age of 19 and 22. He was already over 7ft tall when he was 15.
RisingForce says on 14/Sep/12
jtm, Wade's measurement was officially documented by the NBA at the pre-draft camp. Kareem's was unofficial. They're not comparable at all.
Duhon says on 9/Sep/12
@ jtm, It's not that they don't but that it most likely does not reflect his final height for most of his career and maybe into today. It is far from impossible that even at the age he was measured at he could have still grew somewhat to reach a full 7'2" or more.

As most people not only estimate him at 7'2" but a very strong 7'2" even into later age. I for one don't find it hard to believe a man already standing over 7 feet could have grown several more cm's in his early twenties.
jtm says on 9/Sep/12
if people don't want to believe he was measured at this height then why believe the 6'3.75 measurement for wade?
RisingForce says on 8/Sep/12
Yeah, Vegas, assuming Dwight never grew past his 6'9" flat measurement at 18 years old, Kareem is still easily clearing 7'1" there and closer to 7'2" with Dwight a bit closer to the camera and with better posture than Kareem.

In fact, I'd say a 65 year old Kareem is still likely around 5 inches taller than Dwight. I still think Kareem was at least a legit 7'2", and there are two possibilities, imo. That Kareem was even taller than his 7'2" listing and/or he has not really lost any height.

Bill Russell is 13 years older than Kareem and whenever I see him next to current players, he still looks the 6'9 5/8" he was when he was younger. I think people forget examples like this. There's an average for how much height someone would have lost by their ages. About 1" at Kareem's age, and 2"+ at Russell's age, but clearly these 2 have not lost as much as the average. Just like guys such as Clint Eastwood lose well over the average. There are no guarantees when it comes to height loss. With guys like Clint losing so much over the average, there have to be others losing significantly less to make the average what it is.
Vegas says on 7/Sep/12
dwight howard was measured 6'9 barefoot as a teen, looks to have grown since then, whether he has or not kareem has lost little or no height at 65 years of age https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A15eiOxCMAAvIdT.jpg:large
6\'10\" Dude says on 16/Jun/12
When I was at basketball camp back in the early '70's Kutchers in the catskills. I was 6'8" then I played with Wilt and Lew not Kareem yet. Wilt was not shorter nor taller then Alcinder. They towered over me AND Moses Malone who was a legit 6'10" then he was a junior in high school I laways said Wilt was 7'3" as well as Jabbar....Maybe less when they aged. I saw Wilt after he had retired in San Diego on the beach playing volley ball and in '77 and had reached my current height of 6'10". My buddies couldn't believe how much taller Wilt was than I, at least 4 inches according to them. My height was officially measured for clothing and also by a certified measuring instrument calibrated by the government.

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