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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Comment on the Height of Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Duhon said on 2/Feb/16
Height comparison of Shaq with Kareem and Wilt among others Click Here
mrtguy said on 31/Jan/16
Kareem is at least 1.5'' taller than Shaq probably even 2'' is possible.
Barry said on 31/Jan/16
He's 7 foot 1
Andrew M said on 27/Jan/16
By all accounts he's also a very fast man, too. When he filmed the final fight of "Game of Death" with Bruce Lee, he said they had to slow things down as the camera wasn't picking everything up!
mrtguy said on 8/Jan/16
How much height do you think Kareem can lose in a day?
Canson said on 21/Dec/15
Chris: all the heights you listed are their listed heights in shoes and some even more. Do you add shoes into your measurements? Just some constructive criticism and Im not trying to sound rude because I don't know you, but you're coming across as envious here and you are upgrading people and making comments like "Big men downplay their height"? This type of statement and your insistence that listed heights in shoes are true heights makes you sound like you are jealous and are insecure about your own height.
Chris said on 17/Dec/15
This site seems to be an obsession to prove that people are shorter than they are.

"Kareem is actually 7'1 as Magic Johnson is actually only 6'7. And you know Magic is 6'7 as Jordan is actually only 6'4. And you know Jordan is 6'4 as Arnold Schwarznegger is actually only 5'10"

When the truth is that Magic actually is 6'9, Jordan actually is 6'6, Arnold actually is 6'1 and Kareem genuinely is 7'2+
Canson said on 16/Dec/15

I didn't know about that. If that's the case the 7'1 he is listed is prob right and meaning Kareem is 7'2 like listed
pablo77bar(184cm) said on 15/Dec/15
Kareem has said in a past interview that his dad was 6ft 3 and his mom about 6ft . It's obvious that a very tall would come,but i dont know a 7ft 2
mrtguy said on 12/Dec/15
Rob, you really think Sultan has a foot on this guy?
Editor Rob: close to it. Sultan has a long head.
Canson said on 11/Dec/15
I agree with Rob. quite possibly what Rob has him at now which makes him 7'3 in shoes but not barefoot!!!! He didn't have a significant advantage on wilt, either. Was an inch or inch and a half tops. There is a pic of them in warm up gear on the Internet. Wilt also measured himself laying down which makes him really 7' and change standing and not over 7'1 like he claims. And Cap Looks it next to 6'5-6'6 Jamal Wilkes and 6'7 Magic Johnson.
Editor Rob: there was a few articles in newspaper archives from back in his early playing days showing Wilt being measured, with the Physician standing on a chair and values between 7ft 1 and 2 being given.

I don't understand why journalist who is there for the story and the physician would be making up values.
Chris said on 8/Dec/15
You pay too much attention to their quotes. Big men often play down their height when they're playing. It's the way the league works.

Look at pictures of Kareem right now. Aged 70+. He TOWERS over even the biggest NBA players. I saw a picture of him with Mutumbo recently. He's at least 2 inches taller than him.

In his playing days, look at pictures of him with Wilt Chamberlain. He's about 3 inches taller.

If you assume Mutumbo is 7'1. And Wilt was 7 feet. Kareen is at least 7'3 even right now.
pablo77bar(184cm) said on 7/Dec/15
@Editor Rob
So you should give also to EVERYONE the claim don't you think ? ;
The fact that his claim is very precise doens't mean that he said the truth.
Editor Rob: in this case, that's an actual measurement he had done.
jasperwazup said on 6/Dec/15
Kareem's spine must have stretched him out to 7'3''-7'3.5'' morning height at his peak when active on Los Angeles Lakers. I'd bet Kareem is still 7'3'' morning height. 7'2''-7'3'' in shoes.
pablo77bar(184cm) said on 5/Dec/15
I'm sorry but this list is just ridiculous
Why not a goddam 7ft 2 ? Also, there is more chance of Kareem have been a 7ft 3 than just a weak 7ft 2 likethis .875
Editor Rob: he said "I'm 7 feet 1 and 7/8th inches, anyone who says otherwise is being fallacious". In this case I'm giving him exactly that claim
Chris said on 28/Nov/15
Just look at pictures of Kareem with any other big man. He's quite a bit taller than Wilt Chamberlain, Shaq, Roy Hibbert etc.

Look at him stood next to Wilt in pictures. He's at least 2 inches taller than him! Looks more like 3 inches.

Forget the 1960s. I think Kareem is at least 7'2 right now. In the 60s I bet he was 7'4. A lot of players lie about their heights. As they don't want to be typecast as a freak
Chris said on 28/Nov/15
He's taller than 7'1. He's quite a bit taller than Shaq and Roy Hibbert even now, in his early 70s.

Kareems huge. Look at pictures of him with Magic Johnson. He makes him look like a child!

I think Kareem is at least 7'2 right now. Then take into account most people lose 1-2 inches in height as they age. Maybe even more.

I think when Kareem was playing he was 7'3 or 7'4
Duhon said on 27/Nov/15
I'm quite sure Hibbert is at least 7' barefoot. Although short of his 7'2" listing.
Joe said on 3/Nov/15
Kareem looks taller than 7'2''-listed Roy Hibbert, despite his age and worse posture: Click Here

But Hibbert doesn't look as tall as 7'0.5'' Rudy Gobert (Hibbert never got measured for the combine). I'd be curious to see Gobert and Kareem next to each other, as Gobert seems to be the tallest NBA player today and also the only legit barefoot 7-footer in the game today. It's possible Gobert grew to 7'1'' or 7'1.5'' -- he towers over everyone.
piero said on 26/Sep/15
Imho his height listing is in his barefeet for real, in shoes he is atleast 7'3'' and half...impressive
GP said on 25/Jul/15
Rob, how much height do you think he has lost?
[Editor Rob: seems to have held up pretty well for his height/age, maybe only an inch.]
Tarinator said on 23/Jul/15
He can probably cross 221 cm in the morning. But anyone 201 cm or more is extremely tall. Seeing Alberto Del Rio (a solid 6'2" guy) compared to Rob Paul, I can probably guess a guy in the 6'8 range would put things to scale when compared with Kareem. A guy who is 6'5 (196 cm) would probably look how a 5'8" guy would look like compared to someone who is 196 cm when next to Kareem.
Rifle said on 13/May/15
How tall do you think Bill Russel is in this pic with
Ben Wallace( who is definitely not 6'9" barefoot).
Russel said in an 1955 interview that he was
6'9.66 inches tall.
BTW as Russel is 79 in this pic he may have
shrunk a bit.
How tall do you think Bill Russel is in this pic with
Ben Wallace( who is definitely not 6'9" barefoot).
Russel said in an 1955 interview that he was
6'9.66 inches tall.
BTW as Russel is 79 in this pic he may have
shrunk a bit.

Click Here
[Editor Rob: there looks 2, maybe up to 2.5 inches difference between them.]
J.Lee said on 12/Feb/15
ROb you used .875. Would like you to try to be that precise with other celbrities
[Editor Rob: Kareem did give some accurate fractions...although you could probably argue that the fractions themselves could be plus or minus another fraction when measuring a man that tall.]
me said on 1/Feb/15
Julius Erving said on more than 1 occasion that Kareem was more like 7'3" or 4" than 7'2".
[Editor Rob: I think the 2 quotes from Kareem say a lot - he knows how much he was measured at.]
codtask said on 30/Jan/15
218cm is 7'2
james said on 19/Jan/15
With shoes on he stood 7'2
Michael Sowell said 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 said 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 said on 14/Aug/14
7/1 5/8 adding 1/4 inch is 7'1 7/8. Legit 7'2 guy he was
KROC said 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 said 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.
Alex 6ft 0 said 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 said on 27/Feb/14
Kareem Abdul jabbar can look 7'3 next to other nba players.
Joe said 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 said 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 said 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 said on 16/Apr/13
Again going from the inseam conversation component below:

This website:
Click Here

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.

Click Here
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.

This site
Click Here

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 said on 16/Apr/13
Click Here

At the website above it says Kareem had a 51 inch inseam.
Drummer777 said on 31/Mar/13
Kareem is 7'1, Wilt Chamberlain 6'11.....
Jeff said 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 said 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 said 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 said 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 said on 19/Oct/12
he should be close to 7 ft 5 since shaq is 7 ft 1
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RP said 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 said 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 said 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 said 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 said 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 said 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 said 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 said 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
6\'10\" Dude said 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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