In honor of the Lakers returning to the NBA finals.

And calls himself a historian. Which, check out the sidebar:

Kareem also remains intellectually active, authoring six bestselling history books intended to popularize the contributions of African-Americans to American culture and history. His books include “Black Profiles in Courage: A Legacy of African-American Achievement”; “Brothers in Arms: The Epic Story of the 761st Tank Battalion, WWII’s Forgotten Heroes”; “A Season on the Reservation,” which chronicles his time teaching basketball and history on an Apache Indian reservation in White River, Ariz.; and the current New York Times and Los Angeles Times bestseller, “On the Shoulders of Giants: My Journey Through the Harlem Renaissance.”

Who knew?

If you like jazz, it’s pretty cool to see Kareem Abdul-Jabbar talking about all the big names he knows or knew.

For vaguely related randomness, Chris Webber collects African-American manuscripts.