Kareem Abdul-Jabbar recovering after heart surgery

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Legendary Lakers baller Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is currently recovering after he underwent heart surgery on Thursday.

Bleacher Report has confirmed, via their NBA insider Kevin Ding, that the 68-year-old is expected to make a full recovery from the operation.

The six-time NBA MVP actually underwent the surgery on his birthday, and reports have revealed in the aftermath of the surgery that the six-time NBA winner is extremely thankful that the surgery was deemed a success.

Successful surgery 

"At this time, Abdul-Jabbar would like to thank his surgical team and the medical staff at UCLA, his alma mater, for the excellent care he has received. He is looking forward to getting back to his normal activities soon," a statement released by UCLA Health read on Friday. "He asks that you keep him in your thoughts and, most importantly, cherish and live each day to its fullest."

Furthermore, the Lakers also voiced their support for their former superstar by taking to their Twitter account.

The greatest ever?

There is no doubt that the Lakers legend is one of the greatest players to have ever played basketball. Abdul-Jabbar was inducted into the Hall of Fame in 1995 after a career that included 19 All-Star appearances. He is also the NBA's all-time leading scorer with 38,387 points.

Even in his retirement, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has continued to work for the NBA as an ambassador, and there will no doubt be a plethora of fans, players and ex-players out there wanting to wish the 68-year-old the best of luck in his recovery from this surgery.

Is Kareem Abdul-Jabbar the best ever NBA player? Leave your thoughts in the comments section below.

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