Habiba Abdul-Jabbar Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Ex-Wife

Habiba Abdul-Jabbar

Habiba Abdul-Jabbar is the ex-wife of legendary basketball star, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, regarded as NBA’s all-time leading scorer.

Habiba Abdul-Jabbar and the 7-foot, 2-inch basketball superstar had a short marriage back in the 70’s, however, they share three adult children together.

While in college, Habiba Abdul-Jabbar born Janice Brown met her future husband, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. The couple met and soon began dating.

During their relationship, she eventually changed her name to Habiba Abdul-Jabbar. They were married on May 28, 1971. Habiba Abdul-Jabbar was also known as Habiba Alcindor.

Habiba Abdul-Jabbar

During their marriage, Habiba and Kareem became proud parents to three children. Daughters, Habiba and Sultana and actor son, Abdul-Jabbar Jr. born on August 23, 1976. After seven years of marriage, Habiba Abdul-Jabbar divorced Kareem in 1978.

After their marriage, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar fathered two more children. Son, Amir was born from his relationship with former girlfriend, Cheryl Pistono. Kareem is also the father of, Adam Abdul-Jabbar –as result of a relationship he had with a woman in Texas.


Though not much is known about Habiba, her ex-husband does keep an active profile. The 71-year-old will compete on the upcoming all-athletes season of Dancing with the Stars, which premieres April 30.

This is surely another milestone for Habiba’s ex, who is also a cancer survivor. Back in December 2008, the basketball legend was diagnosed with chronic myeloid leukemia after experiencing hot flashes and sweats. He tells People he has managed his disease to a ‘microscopic level.’ Kareem will partnered with Lindsay Arnold.