Kareem Abdul-Jabbar almost starred in ‘The Princess Bride’


NBA legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar’s trophy case runneth over — but now he’s angling for an Emmy. He has nabbed six NBA MVP awards, six NBA Championships and was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom. The New York native has also written numerous books and pens op-eds — about everything from whether LeBron James is the greatest basketball player ever to the midterm elections — for The Hollywood Reporter and The Guardian. Now he can add television scribe to his résumé: At age 71, he’s working as a staff writer on the upcoming reboot of the teen-detective TV series “Veronica Mars.” The outspoken Laker great, a divorced grandfather of one, talks to The Post about his unexpected career change, the one thing he’ll never get rid of — and the movie role that got away.

You’re pretty active on Twitter. Had social media been around when you were playing in the 1970s and ’80s, is there anything you would have brought more attention to?

There’s a lot of stuff that comes from just living my life — driving on the NJ Turnpike and being stopped because I was a black person driving an expensive car. I never wrote about it or complained. All black [people]have to deal with that. Cell cameras have exposed that black people have been singled out by white cops. It actually happens. Once we expose these things, sunlight is great for these situations.

Anything from your games?

I was right there standing on the court when Marvin Gaye sang the National Anthem at the All-Star Game [in 1983]. I would have taken pictures of that. The [Los Angeles] Forum was great for star-watching. Did you ever watch ‘The Munsters’? Fred Gwynne [Herman Munster] and Al Lewis [Grandpa] tried to never miss my games at UCLA.

How did you end up in the writer’s room for the “Veronica Mars” reboot?

[Show creator] Rob Thomas. There was a book he did called “Slave Day,” which I referred to [in an Orange County Register story]and he was flattered. I met Rob and had some ideas about doing a limited series about South Central Los Angeles. I needed some help with that. Rob was gracious enough to help . . . And he offered to bring me and my right-hand man, [writer]Raymond Obstfeld, in and invited us to help with the next season of “Veronica Mars.” It’s ­really helping us and we’re learning [how to write a show]. We had no experience. Now that I am learning this, it’s fascinating, man.

What ideas are you bringing to the table?

Me personally, not a whole lot. I’m trying to take it in and figure it out as I go along. I’m the rookie in the room . . . as it goes along I am able to contribute a little bit. You wait for that ­moment to happen.