Q&A with Kareem Abdul-Jabbar

The legendary baller on yoga, carbo-loading and his latest gig with ESPN.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is quickly becoming much more than the NBA's all-time leading scorer (38,387 points over the course of his 20-year career). After penning a children's book and becoming a global cultural ambassador for the United States, the retired MVP is now launching a new career as a bi-weekly columnist for ESPN. Just before the major announcement was made, we got a quick glimpse into the life of the legend:

This week's workout:
Some yoga positions and jumping a heavy rope

What we'd be surprised to find in his fridge:
Coconut water. I drink it every day.

Where he feels most at home:
Los Angeles, because it has the feeling of a pair of perfectly broken-in slippers

Best gift he's ever received:
My first Dodgers World Series ticket, because I had been a lifetime fan and never been to a World Series game. It was 1965.

What totally relaxes him:
Jazz music

His biggest vice:
Putting off my exercise routine

The last thing he recommended to a friend:
I gave advice on romantic relationships

Best vacation ever:
Autumn in Paris, 1987

Three things on his bucket list:
Riding the Continental Divide trail on horseback, attending the Belmont Stakes, writing my first novel

Most surreal moment in his career so far:
Winning the World Championship in Boston Garden in 1985 and being named MVP

Best insider tip:
Load up on pasta carbs, because they're easily converted into energy for your body.

His favorite healthy meal:
Seafood Pad Thai from Talesai restaurant on Sunset

His ultimate decadent meal:
After a lifetime of trying to eat well, I can't think of anything decadent that I eat. I don't overindulge
in anything and make sure that I eat three healthy meals per day.

The sentiment he'd most like to spread as a cultural ambassador:
Education is the key to a better life for both individuals and nations.

Why he wrote a children's book:
When I was in grade school, the only time Black Americans were mentioned had to do with the issues of slavery and civil rights. There is so much more to the picture. Hence my book on Black inventors.

What we can expect from his new ESPN column:
I think my experiences give me a very unique perspective, and I will try to use that perspective to be effective and insightful.

Number one reason for taking care of his body:
Being in the best condition adds life to your years and years to your life.

Message he'd send to the world. (Only catch: it has to be 140 characters or less):
Everybody needs to work for world peace because it's what the world needs.