Post-NBA Since his retirement, Abdul-Jabbar has worked on issues of entertainment, serving as “ambassador of basketball, working on different facets as a coach and commentator as well as assisting in the fight against hunger and illiteracy. Abdul-Jabbar in 1995 was elected to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame (Hall of Fame Basketball). Despite the interest in coaching Abdul-Jabbar since his retirement and given the fame and influence had achieved over his career, he seemed to rain back down the offers. However, he also had earned a reputation as introverted and sullen, sometimes refusing to make statements to the press. This attitude, as recognized by Abdul-Jabbar himself, may be the cause of the lack of opportunities have been presented so far, acting only as a scout, assistant and small tasks such as minor league coach.He worked with Los Angeles Clippers and Seattle SuperSonics as an assistant to help with youth development pivots Michael Olowokandi and Jerome James. In 2002 led the championship of the USBL Oklahoma Storm, but the following year did not get the coaching job at Columbia University who chose. After this failed attempt worked as a scout for the Knicks and on 2 September 2005 he returned to the Lakers to work with Phil Jackson in the development of young center Andrew Bynum. On 10 November 2009, Abdul-Jabbar announced suffering from a rare form of leukemia, being treated for beating the disease.