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Abdul-Jabbar’s Cancer At A ‘Minimum’

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Kareem Abdul Jabbar during the Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon. (credit: Getty Images)

Kareem Abdul Jabbar during the Stand Up 2 Cancer telethon. (credit: Getty Images)

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NEWARK, N.J. (AP) — A few days after putting a comment on his Twitter account that he was cancer free, legendary basketball star Kareem Abdul-Jabbar said Thursday that it was a “misstatement.”

“You’re never really cancer free and I should have known that,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “My cancer right now is at an absolute minimum.”

The 63-year-old Abdul-Jabbar, a six-time NBA Most Valuable Player, was diagnosed with chronic myelogenous leukemia in 2008. He spoke Thursday at Science Park High School, after the initial screening of his new full-length documentary, “On the Shoulders of Giants.”

“It’s not life-threatening,” he said, “at this point in my life.”

(© Copyright 2010 The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

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