How tall is Kareem Abdul Jabbar

Kareem Abdul Jabbar's Height

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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Canson said on 19/Aug/16
@Leonardo: he put estimates for all the players though. Some right some way off. Like guards (Steph curry) losing 3cm centers losing 2
Leonardo said on 28/Jul/16
@Dawkins

Good joke
Dawkins said on 15/Jul/16
220 cm out of bed, 218 cm at night.
Canson said on 9/Jul/16
He still has a good amount on Magic and Wilkes in the Byron Scott press conference from 2014. Maybe down to 7'1 but can see him being a guy who woke up over 7'3 in his prime and was 7'1 7/8 maybe mid to late afternoon (normal daily loss) before compression kicked in. He always looked around a solid 7'2 esp with the Artis Gilmores and Mark Eatons of the world
Canson said on 9/Jul/16
He still has a good amount on Magic and Wilkes in the Byron Scott press conference from 2014. Maybe down to 7'1 but can see him being a guy who woke up over 7'3 in his prime and was 7'1 7/8 maybe mid to late afternoon (normal daily loss) before compression kicked in. He always looked around a solid 7'2 esp with the Artis Gilmores and Mark Eatons of the world
Canson said on 29/Jun/16
He still looks at least 7'1 today in his 70s
mrtguy said on 25/Jun/16
Rob, what do you think the female equivalent height for Kareem 6'9''??
Editor Rob: 6ft 8-9 range yes.
James said on 8/Jun/16
@Barry You are being fallacious
Canson said on 26/May/16
No arguments here. His listing is very accurate for his prime. No questioning he's a legit 7'2 absolutely no less than 7'1 7/8 he claimed he measured
mrtguy said on 13/May/16
Rob, I searched some few quotes from Kareem Abdul Jabbar:
"I've decided to come out with the truth. I am not tall" (time article source)
"Although I've been claiming to be 7'2" for many decades, the truth is that I'm 5'8"."
mrtguy said on 6/May/16
Rob, do you believe Kareem would have easily been 7'4'' in his prime out of bed ??
Editor Rob: shrinking 2 inches is very possible for him, so near that range I'd think possible.
:D said on 19/Apr/16
When he was on Jimmy Fallon he still looked 7'1+.
Johno said on 18/Apr/16
@MrTguy, that is second tallest man in the World and is around 8'1.
Captain Baskets said on 15/Apr/16
Kareem could pass as 7'3 easily
S.J.H said on 30/Mar/16
I would say kareem was 7-1.5 (217cm) nowadays same height as kristaps porzingis current height, both slight taller than roy hibbert who look more like 7'1.25 and aside 7'3 listed Arvydas Sabonis was more in the big 7'2 range with kristaps porzingis
Michael said on 28/Feb/16
Pretty tall and verry good, it is sad he retired.
mrtguy said on 9/Feb/16
Rob, the basketball player in # 14 stands at 7'2'' (Kareem's height), how tall do you think #40 stands? Click Here
Editor Rob: he might be slightly nearer cameraman so adding a little, but could be 9-10 inches taller
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
Rob,

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
Rob,
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.
Rob,
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
Click Here

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
Click Here
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 https://pbs.twimg.com/media/A15eiOxCMAAvIdT.jpg:large
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.
Clay said on 13/Dec/11
Kareem is a complete a**hole in real life according to Adam Carolla (Joe Rogan podcast).

Did he have an attitude with you Mamun?
george555 said on 7/Dec/11
Kareem is at least 7'3-I have seen photos of him compared with Magic (6'9) and Clyde Drexler (6'6.75)
Mamun said on 16/Nov/11
I am sorry Greenbolt but I really do not wish to say the date of the above picture ! But if it helps , Kareem is already way past fifty in the above photo !

Regards

SUPERMUN
Greenbolt said on 15/Nov/11
When was this picture taken, Mamum? You look really young, lol.
RisingForce said on 12/Nov/11
Came across this interesting when searching for more information about his measurement. Not related to the measurement, but it shows evidence of Kareem looking over 7'2". Not sure how accurate this guy's estimates are on the photos, but interesting nonetheless.

Kareem with 6'7" listed Clyde Drexler- Click Here

Compared with how Hakeem Olajuwon looks with Drexler(listed at 7'0" but supposedly only 6'10"-6'11")- Click Here

Kareem and Magic Johnson- Click Here

Found these on this page- Click Here

Photos aren't completely accurate and I don't know how accurate that guy's method is with the pixels, but the difference looks huge between Kareem and Magic/Drexler.
Mamun said on 8/Nov/11
He is taller ! That's how I saw him .

Regards

SUPERMUN
RisingForce said on 8/Nov/11
Oh, I thought Kareem was saying he was measured 7'1 5/8" and then grew a quarter of an inch. Well, then that does make the 7'1 5/8" measurement look legitimate. He can definitely look taller, though.
Big Show said on 7/Nov/11
RisingForce, if you read the article you just posted, Kareem claims he was measured at 7'1 5/8", not 7'1 7/8". When he was playing basketball for UCLA he was listed at 7'1 3/8", and that was before he became pro. So when he says he grew a quarter of an inch since become pro, he's talking about those 2/8 of an inch, which is exactly a quarter of an inch.
Big Show said on 5/Nov/11
RisingForce says on 4/Nov/11
Shaun, it's also possible that he grew after that college measurement.

That wasn't a college measurement. The person measuring Kareem in that pic is Milwaukee Bucks trainer Arnie Garber. The measurement took place in September 1969 when Kareem was 22 years old and just started playing in the NBA.
Tom101 said on 5/Nov/11
no lying here on that height!! hes no lets be a bit taller wrestler!
RisingForce said on 4/Nov/11
Shaun, it's also possible that he grew after that college measurement. I'm not saying he couldn't have peaked at this height, but for what it's worth, most around the NBA would laugh at the suggestion that Kareem was anything less than he was listed. He was referred to very commonly as 7'4", many claimed at least 7'3". Even heard 7'4.5" and 7'5". Those estimates might be high, but I think he was at least a legit 7'2".
Shaun said on 4/Nov/11
I would basically call him a 7'2" guy. He can look a bit taller than this but he has extremely long legs and is skinny so perhaps looks taller than he actually. You can't dispute he was measured at 7 ft 1.625 in. Maybe he is closer to 7'3" out of bed perhaps?
Mamun said on 28/Oct/11
King ROB , please make a comparison picture with me and Bruce Lee if you have some time on your hand . Your Site visitors would love that I believe !

Regards

SUPERMUN
[Editor Rob: if I get time, but maybe if someone reads this and could help mamun beforehand it'd be great.]
Mamun said on 27/Oct/11
That's a fantastic picture The Breat 171 !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I have never seen this picture before in my life even though I am a very very Big fans of both Bruce Lee & Kareem . Thanks a million for your kind contribution ! Someone in Celeb heights , King Red , King Arrounious or Your Excellency King ROB , please do a comparison picture of me and Bruce Lee here to see how tall he was . I beleive this is the best possible picture to do a comaprison to find out how tall Bruce was ! ROB please do a photo ! Celeb heights rules and we keep learning here and see new stuff !

Regards

SUPERMUN
The Great 171 said on 26/Oct/11
I think tis mamun guy doesn't look taller than bruce lee b'coz look at bruce and jabbar pic with both of them were barefoot.Click Here
if mamun really 5'8 then I am sure bruce lee was 5'8 as well maybe a little bit taller...
LAN Jiao said on 25/Oct/11
With 6'9 bill russell he look 7'1(216). Maybe he lost abit height or 217 could be measure morning.
LAN Jiao said on 1/Oct/11
talk about barefoot wilt no way under 212cm lowest, kareem 7'1-1/4 a big chance. shaq hard to tell.. 6'11 - 7foot flat maybe without his massive monster size footwear.
drummer777 said on 21/Sep/11
Wilt 6'11 barefoot and Kareem 7'1 barefoot.
LAN Jiao said on 20/Sep/11
yes shaq can be 7ft1!! but.. kobe,jordan & charles barkley all came up 6ft6.5 and US president obama legit 6ft2.5
Clay said on 19/Sep/11
george555 says on 4/Sep/11
@jtm

Shaq is 7'1, just without shoes he's 6'11

No, fool, in his shoes he's close to 7'3''.

7'1'' is his verified barefoot height.
LAN Jiao said on 19/Sep/11
uncle jabbar would be 2inch taller than shaq by compete height barefoot.
HeightExpert said on 14/Sep/11
@Vegas:Lebron is 6'8-6'9 in shoes, his real height is 6'7 (maybe 1 cm more)
lan jiao said on 7/Sep/11
supporter always believe shaq was 7ft1 barefoot. clearly blind spot to many guys who did't notice how chunky shoe shaq wore and 6ft4.75 kobe bryant smaller sneakers was not even 8inch shorter than shaq. kobe 195cm shaq would be a decent 7ft flat or 212cm. i was thinking shaq after a hard working day and feeling dead on bed he is 211cm at night. lol
Vegas said on 5/Sep/11
george555 says on 4/Sep/11
i know-Shaq is actually 6'11-7'0, with shoes his height is listed at 7'1''
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so what height lebron in shoes then, shaqs got him by best part of 6 inches in this clip skip forward to 19 secs Click Here
george555 said on 4/Sep/11
@jtm

i know-Shaq is actually 6'11-7'0, with shoes his height is listed at 7'1''
george555 said on 4/Sep/11
@jtm

Shaq is 7'1, just without shoes he's 6'11
george555 said on 2/Sep/11
Kareem is more than 7'2 with shoes-look up pictures
jtm said on 2/Sep/11
well shaq is not 7'1.
Legend said on 2/Sep/11
@Vegas

My reasoning is to annoy you lol
george555 said on 2/Sep/11
Shaq is shorter than Kareem
george555 said on 1/Sep/11
his real height (w/o shoes) would be around 7'0, peak height 7'3
Vegas said on 1/Sep/11
Mamun says on 31/Aug/11
Big Show please look at this picture of me and Kareem and then also look at the picture of ROB and Ian Whyte ! Tell me who looks taller ? ROB has them at the same height ! I want your honest opinion
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and on the same topic does andre in his cowboys look at tall next to dynamite and bruce hart as whyte does next to rob?? Click Here

so legend whats your reasoning for 7'3 when he was never even listed that tall and often described as 7'1 (7'1 3/8ths and 7'1 5/8ths) range in college ?? is it the photo with mamun, can't be that because we have a photo of mamun next to dwayne johnson and johnson looking at least 6'4 and you dismissed that, in this 1969 article kareem (age 22) describes himself as 7'1 Click Here
Mamun said on 1/Sep/11
Thank you King ROB for giving your honest insight into this matter !

Regards

SUPERMUN
Big Show said on 31/Aug/11
Mamun says on 31/Aug/11
Big Show please look at this picture of me and Kareem and then also look at the picture of ROB and Ian Whyte ! Tell me who looks taller ? ROB has them at the same height ! I want your honest opinion .

First off, Rob Has Ian Whyte at 7'1", which is 5/8" shorter than he has Kareem at.
Second, both pics are shot at completely different camera-angles, so comparing these pics is like comparing apples to oranges. I admit that Kareem looks taller next to you than Whyte is looking next to Editor Rob, but is that a reason to upgrade Kareem. What do we know about Ian Whyte? I certainly know more about Kareem than about Ian Whyte. And once again, Kareem was listed at 7'2", claimed 7'2" and we've seen a picture of him being measured at slightly below 7'2".
[Editor Rob: I would say with this kareem photo that he looks in the 7ft 3 range, he does look a few inches taller than Whyte does although Kareem doesn't have a big head for his size.]
Mamun said on 31/Aug/11
Big Show please look at this picture of me and Kareem and then also look at the picture of ROB and Ian Whyte ! Tell me who looks taller ? ROB has them at the same height ! I want your honest opinion .

Thanks Legend .

REGARDS

SUPERMUN
Mamun said on 29/Aug/11
Big show I said it before and I will say it again , we see a picture of Kareem being measured but we can't see the actual measurement itself just is the case with the Wilt picture . The picture that ROB posted is a solid proof where the numbers are visible . But in kareem's case , it's not even close .

Regards

SUPERMUN
Big Show said on 29/Aug/11
@ Keith
Kareem was no more than 7'2" in his prime for 3 reasons:
1. He's been measured at slightly below 7'2" in his early 20's (we have
photographic proof of this measurement
2. He's been listed at 7'2" nearly his entire career. In his early years he has
been listed at 7'1 3/8" & 7'1.5"
3. I've never heard Kareem claim he was taller than 7'2" either.

That pic you showed of Kareem & Shaq is from 2004, so Kareem was only 57 years old there, not in his 60's. Shaq has been listed at 7'1 for his entire NBA career, so you're claiming he could be 7'2" is beyond me.

So if Kareem is still an inch taller than 7'1" Shaq, it means that Kareem has barely lost any height.
Keith said on 27/Aug/11
@ cranberries how was he only 7'2 in his prime when he is taller than 7'1 7'2 Shaq here?

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@ Vegas no way he was under 7'3 in his prime, hes till an inch or more taller than 7'1 or 7'2 Shaq in his 60s.

@ satchy whare the heck did you hear that ? Karrem does not wear lifts, if you wear lifs your ankel would be almost out of you shoe.
Mamun said on 25/Aug/11
No this was the Dubai inter- continental Hotel for VIP'S ! They wouldn't let me wear it there !

Regards

SUPERMUN
Hansen said on 24/Aug/11
he looks much taller than carel struycken by compete height with mamun. look at his shoulder height to tip of mamun head. on carel page many don't believe carel was under 6ft11. K-A-J was then a legitmate 7footer plus 1.5in
thorterr said on 23/Aug/11
did mamun forget his costume in this pic? maybe kareem should wear one with elastic man on it
george555 said on 21/Aug/11
I would say he's at least 7'3'' (with basketball shoes, maybe even 7'4'')
george555 said on 21/Aug/11
I would say he's at lease 7'3'' (with basketball shoes, maybe even 7'4'')
Legend said on 18/Aug/11
He's 7'3
Vegas said on 18/Aug/11
Legend says on 17/Aug/11 No he's 7'3 at least. ________ so why was he listed 7'2 then by the nba basically his whole career?? its not like the nba didn't overlist back then, they listed hakeem at 7ft and he has admitted he was really 6'10 range, they listed ralph sampson at 7'4 and he was closer to 7'1 also there a photo of kareem being measured 7'1.65 barefoot in his early 20s
Adamz said on 17/Aug/11
heart trouble at 40 bc height?
Legend said on 17/Aug/11
No he's 7'3 at least.
Cranberries (18m, 193cm) said on 15/Aug/11
Andrew, please make an effort to use TinyUrl, my man. There's no way anyone's going to take out the time to remove all those spaces.

Also, the NBA doesn't underbill their athletes. They never have. He's billed as 7'2", and measurements tend to be made with shoes on or as morning height... So he's that height or under.
Legend said on 12/Aug/11
He's 7'3 and could be a little more.
Kian said on 10/Aug/11
He looks 7'1 to 7'2 no more though flat out he looks 7'1 to me.
Andrew1995 said on 4/Aug/11
Kareem and 6'7'' Clyde Drexler.. There's an 9'' difference (giving Kareem a min. 10'' head), which puts Kareem at 7'4''
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Truthman said on 15/Jul/11
Lol. He is 16 years old in this video Andrew, and still looks at least 7ft
Andrew1995 said on 9/Jul/11
look where the other guy (especially the 6'2'' guy in the middle) hit Kareem. There is no way Kareem is 7'0.25'' in this interview. And he was 15 years old at that time
w w w . y o u t u b e . c o m / w a t c h ? v = 7 W a B 5 H S I m N U
Fred said on 28/Jun/11
come!!! 7ft 0 at most
SaimoN_ said on 22/Jun/11
@ikbtops hahaha! :D
ikbtops said on 9/Jun/11
C'mon. Kareem is obviously wearing lifts here.
Vegas said on 26/May/11
haystacks was listed in the back of the book as being the uks heaviest man at an unconfirmed weight 40 stone
Big Show said on 26/May/11
Vegas says on 25/May/11
i own a guinness book of records (1982 version) where it states giant haystacks is 6'11

But what was the reason Haystacks was listed for in Guinness? I doubt it would've been for his height. If they're not listed for their height, Guinness would have no reason to measure them. They'll probably just use the guy's listed height. Andre was also referred to at 7'4", but was listed for his salary.

Gonzalez was listed for his height in Guinness, though I have my doubts that Guinness actually measured him. I believe they just used his old basketball listing.
Vegas said on 25/May/11
i own a guinness book of records (1982 version) where it states giant haystacks is 6'11
Big Show said on 24/May/11
Mamun says on 23/May/11
I have actually seen a Guinness book listing for kareem of 7' 4" and to answer your question , some people like Bill Walton do like being labeled as super tall and would prefer anything that makes them seem shorter ! Yes I have seen them photos of Kareem being measured but one thing we both can agree on is the fact that we can't actually see at what point the mark ends ( like the pictures ROB has posted of himself being measured ) ! yes I was measure at 173cm at 2.25 p.m on the 26th of July 2008 !

Even though I haven’t seen this Guinness Book listing, I’m willing to bet he wasn’t listed in there for his height, but for his scoring record. And if he’s listed for his scoring record, Guinness probably didn’t measure him (unless you wanna argue that measuring each record breaker is a standard procedure with Guinness).
The caption with the pic clearly states at what height Kareem is being measured at! His height there coincides with the heights Kareem was being referred to in prior years. Plus he was listed in the NBA at 7’1.5” at the time, so it’s not a shock he was measured at 7’1 5/8”.

There are pics out there where Kareem wears cowboy boots. So he’s not doing anything to make himself look shorter either.
d wade said on 23/May/11
no way was kareem a mm under 7,2 the 7,1 3/8 must be a neight measurement he has a solid inch on Shaq who is a legit 7,1. i could believe 7,2 1/2 he looks it next to 6,7 1/2 magic johnson and kevin nash but 7,2 is fair for him.
Mamun said on 23/May/11
I have actually seen a Guinness book listing for kareem of 7' 4" and to answer your question , some people like Bill Walton do like being labeled as super tall and would prefer anything that makes them seem shorter ! Yes I have seen them photos of Kareem being measured but one thing we both can agree on is the fact that we can't actually see at what point the mark ends ( like the pictures ROB has posted of himself being measured ) ! yes I was measure at 173cm at 2.25 p.m on the 26th of July 2008 !

Regards

SUPERMUN
Big Show said on 23/May/11
Mamun says on 21/May/11
Vegas , 56 or 50 ! The bottom line is a person let alone a legendary sports person is not in his prime by this age . Yes , a normal person does not lose any height under normal circumstances by the age of 40 or even 50 ! But I will not beleive without any hard evidence that Kareem was only 7' 1.6" aged 22 when he is clearly more than an inch taller than this 7' 1" gentleman shaq aged 60's ? How are you going to beat me at my logic ?

What harder evidence is there than an actual measurement. That's far more conclusive evidence than any picture. Kareem was measured at 7'1 5/8" at age 22. Proof has been posted here! I've posted proof that Kareem's height was also referred to as 7'1 3/8" at age 19 and that his growth basically had stopped at that point.

How did you actually determine your own height? Did you just look at pictures of yourself and thought you looked slightly over 5'8" or have you been measured at this height? If it's the latter, than why do you seem to think that measurements of celebrities don't count as evidence (as you have the same animosity towards Wilt Chamberlain's 7'0.5" measurement at age 44).

And if you want to talk about logic: where's the logic that a guy who claims 7'2" for himself and has been listed as such for nearly his entire career, is in reality 7'4". It makes no sense!
Mamun said on 22/May/11
I know Abdul Jabbar personnally and he is a tower of a man ! There is noway he is less than 7' 3" !

regards

SUPERMUN
Legend said on 21/May/11
Looks more like 6'13.625 to me.
Mamun said on 21/May/11
Vegas , 56 or 50 ! The bottom line is a person let alone a legendary sports person is not in his prime by this age . Yes , a normal person does not lose any height under normal circumstances by the age of 40 or even 50 ! But I will not beleive without any hard evidence that Kareem was only 7' 1.6" aged 22 when he is clearly more than an inch taller than this 7' 1" gentleman shaq aged 60's ? How are you going to beat me at my logic ?

Regards

SUPERMUN
Vegas said on 20/May/11
btw not convinced that chap is 7'5, i did a few photo comparisons and he is coming out more 7'2-7'3 and thetallestman site also has him 7'2 Click Here
Vegas said on 20/May/11
mamun, kareem was measured in his 20s at the height rob has him here (i have posted proof said measurement took place), you could argue he grew to 7'2 and thats entirely possible but 7'4 or 7'5 no way, why would nba downgrade him that much and why when he came up against someone taller such as 7'3.75 barefoot mark eaton did the media always describe kareem as shorter, that shot with shaq is from feb 2004, making kareem 56 there, that like every other shot with shaq is of little value

here is a shot of kareem these days, this was taken late last year, Amar'e Stoudemire is a measured 6'8.5 barefoot Click Here there is amare and shaq e.g. Click Here Stoudemires measurements stats and thats direct from the nba themselves page 3 Click Here
Mamun said on 19/May/11
I am sorry Andrew , here are all of the pictures again in order ; --

Kareem & shaq !

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Here is a comparison picture of Alam Channa and Kareem ; --
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Alam Channa and the tallest man in South Africa ( 7' 5" in the middle )
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Me and my 7' 5" tall friend Abdul Jabbar who says he met Kareem more than once !

Click Here

Regards

SUPERMUN
Big Show said on 18/May/11
Andrew1995 says on 17/May/11
Unless Mamun is not shorter than 5'3'', which would put many celebs down by 5 inches, i don't believe 7'2'' for Kareem in his youth. Mamun, how old is this image? I suggest Kareem was about 60 when this image was taken and he still looks nearly 2 feet taller than Mamun. If Mamun is 5'8'', Kareem LOOKS 7'4'' in this image. Of course I don't believe that for his 60's, but in his youth he could be around this 7'4'' mark.Astonishing,if he was 7'3.5'' for example, today he would get listed at 7'5''( 1-1.25inch footwear).

Kareem doesn't have anywhere near 2 feet on Mamun. Analyse the pic in Photoshop or MS Pain and you'll see that Kareem hasn't got 2 heads on Mamun. The difference between Mamun and Kareem is roughly 1 2/3 of Kareem's head. Let's be generous and give Kareem an 11-inch long head. That still would put the difference at 18 inches, which would put Kareem at (shockingly) 7'2"
Mamun said on 18/May/11
ANDREW , I usually agree with many of KING ROB'S Estimates but there are a few that I don't ! Here is oneofthem Brother ! When I was very Little I did remember seeing a Guinness Book Listing for Kareem of 7' 4" but the year totallt sliped my mind ! He looked very very tall to me and in comparrison pictures with 7' 8' Alam Channa he measures up to him pretty well for someone who would only be 7' 1.5" tall ? Also I had a friend who worked at the same Hotel where Kareem was staying who happens to be 7' 5" and he told me Kareem was only 2 inchs shorter than him ! Even Today Andrew in his mid 60's he still towers over a supposedly 7' 1" barefoot Shaq by more than an inch ! Even while he is only wearing dress shoes ! This 7' 1.5" listing of his in his youth is what I beleive to be inaccurate one !

Click Here

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No matter how many pictures of them together you see , Kareem still comes out taller ! Here is a comparison of Kareem & 7' 8" Alam Channa ;--

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Here is Alama Channa and another 7' 5" tall ( You Ming's height )man ;--

Click Here
The man in the middle was the tallest man in South africa and was 7' 5" ! Kareem in my comparison photo looks closer to him than only 7' 1.5 " !
Here is a picture of me and my 7' 5" friend Abdul Jabbar who says he met Kareem more than once !


Click Here

You see all of the above evidence points out that Kareem just had to be taller than only the 7' 1.6 " listed above during his youth !

Regards

SUPERMUN
Andrew1995 said on 17/May/11
Unless Mamun is not shorter than 5'3'', which would put many celebs down by 5 inches, i don't believe 7'2'' for Kareem in his youth. Mamun, how old is this image? I suggest Kareem was about 60 when this image was taken and he still looks nearly 2 feet taller than Mamun. If Mamun is 5'8'', Kareem LOOKS 7'4'' in this image. Of course I don't believe that for his 60's, but in his youth he could be around this 7'4'' mark.Astonishing,if he was 7'3.5'' for example, today he would get listed at 7'5''( 1-1.25inch footwear).
Cranberries said on 13/May/11
Relaxed, he ooked more than 8 inches taller than 6'5" Craig Kilborn on his show; Kilborn was below his chin and his shoulders were much, much lower. Not 7'2", but CLOSE!
d wade said on 9/May/11
atleast 7,2 if notslighty taller he looks so tall with 6,9 nash and 6,7 magic johnson
Physics Enemy said on 8/May/11
Reality: About 7' 3" ...
Celebheights typical downgrade: '7ft on a good day' ...

Heh.
Big Show said on 2/May/11
Andrew1995 says on 2/May/11
@Big Show
nah, when he was 14 he was at the ed sullivan show and already measured 7'1/4''! At 14!! Astonishing Guy, minimum 7'3'' in prime, if not taller

Click Here
I believe you're referring to this show. It's from March 1963, so Kareem was 15 year old there (almost 16 even as he's from April 1947).

So let's sum up his height chart:
Age 13 6'8"
Age 15 7'0.25"
Age 17 7'0.75"
Age 19 7'1 3/8"
Age 22 7'1 5/8"
Looking at these heights it's obvious that Kareem experienced a huge growth spurt in his childhood and early teens, but it slowed down after age 15. He only grew 1.25" in 6 years, so it's doubtful he grew another 1.5" after that. Unless someone can prove Kareem experienced a second growth spurt. The height he's listed at here seems bang on!
Andrew1995 said on 2/May/11
@Big Show
nah, when he was 14 he was at the ed sullivan show and already measured 7'1/4''! At 14!! Astonishing Guy, minimum 7'3'' in prime, if not taller
Big Show said on 29/Apr/11
Click Here - Browse to page 53 & 54
According to this article he was 7'0.75" at age 17. In 1966 he was credited with a height of 7'1 3/8". So if he was measured at 7'1 5/8 in 1969, it's safe to say he stopped growing. He was listed at 7'1.5" til 1971 before it got upped to 7'2.
He was supposedly 6'8" at the age of 13.
Mathew said on 26/Apr/11
He'd be a legitimate 7'3" in shoes.
Mamun said on 14/Apr/11
Yes he did look like that my friend and it would be a big mistake to say kareem was only 7' 2" in his youth ! Even today in his mid 60's , he is still taller than Shaq !

Regards

SUPERMUN
Andrew1995 said on 13/Apr/11
well mamun, he does look like 7'4'' next to you. You've met many tall guys ( like allam channa), do you believe him to be in the 7'4'' range? He did tower above nearly everyone in the NBA and did not look much shorter than 7'5'' chuck nevitt.
LG69 said on 22/Mar/11
I remember reading a book about "Lew Alcindor" way back in the 70's, and it said he was 7'3".
Marc said on 15/Mar/11
Another nugget. I was watching footage from game 4 of Milwaukee's sweep of the Baltimore Bullets in the 1971 NBA Finals and the late Chris Schenkel of ABC, who was doing play by play, said that Alcindor (as Kareem was then known) was " seven foot five no doubt". I think he was between 7'2" and 7'3" in his earlier years. I also saw him play against Artis Gilmore when Artis was with the San Antonio Spurs and to me, Kareem looked just a little taller than the 7 ft 2 Gilmore.
Mamun said on 14/Mar/11
Marc I definately agree with you in that one ! Kareem looked to me to be more than 7' 2" ! Even today at 60 plus he is still taller than Shaq !

Regards

SUPERMUN
Marc said on 13/Mar/11
One more comment about Kareem's height. Tom Heinsohn, former player and later head coach for the Boston Celtics, once said that he thought Abdul-Jabbar was 7'5".
Marc said on 13/Mar/11
When Kareem was a young player in the NBA an announcer on a game he was playing in said that Abdul-Jabbar had recently been measured and was found to be 7'3 and 5/8" tall.
pjt said on 8/Feb/11
Alcindor had tall parents. Both his mother and father were over 6 feet tall. Was not a tyroid case.
fuzzblaster said on 4/Feb/11
This is one celeb height that needs no confirming.
Clay said on 31/Jan/11
There are 40-50 people in the NBA 7 feet or more, and plenty who are 6'10-6'11. 6'9 would be the start of tall in the NBA.
Clay said on 13/Jan/11
6'5'' is not tall whatsoever in the NBA what a dumb comment.
Frank said on 10/Jan/11
Height becomes difficult to judge after about 6'6". I would guess Kareem is roughly 7'1.5". This guy is a perfect example of the ceiling effect. Once you grow above 6'3", it becomes unattractive. They start to look like they have Marfan syndrome. Kareem seems like a great guy though... nice man
Shaun said on 26/Dec/10
Oh I thought Kareem was a natural giant. I didn't think he had acromegaly or a pituitary gland problem. He was 22.5 inches and 12 pounds at birth.
Shaun said on 25/Dec/10
This a legit barefoot mesurement. If he was in the NBA today he'd be listed at 7'3" as that would be about his height in basketball sneakers.
Shaun said on 25/Dec/10
Moke says on 15/Nov/10
I'd feel a bit awkward standing this short next to my dad :) Click Here

Rob,how tall would you estimate his son to be? He looks 6'3"-6'4" to me, what do you think? Also, why is he so much shorter than his father? You'd naturally expect him to be at least 6'9".

This guy must wear 42 inch inseams.

[Editor Rob: kareem's pituitary gland might have had a role to play in his excessive growth, his son looks somewhere in 6ft 4 range from that one picture]
Truthman 6 ft 4.5 in said on 22/Dec/10
195cm is only TALL ENOUGH? You Must Be Joking! It's much taller than average guy and pretty tall even for NBA (Michael Jordan, Charles Barkley, Kobe Bryant).
Truthman 6 ft 4.5 in said on 21/Dec/10
Kareem Abdul Jabbar on Kilborn (6'5) show, pause at 0:31

Click Here
Chris said on 29/Nov/10
The reason Kareem seems taller than other 7'1" and 7'2" guys in the NBA is that most players are measured in their shoes. Kareem is 7'1.625" barefoot. So, on the court he's pretty much 7'3". A lot of the 7 footers in the NBA aren't really 7 feet barefoot.
Moke said on 15/Nov/10
I'd feel a bit awkward standing this short next to my dad :) Click Here
proud to be italian said on 10/Nov/10
isn't so, his son claimed 6'6'' looking in reality 6'3'' or max 6'4''

atleast from the pictures together on the net

cheers
Mr. Kaplan said on 1/Nov/10
Interesting fact, his son Kareem Jr. is "only" around 6'6".

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