What can Kareem Abdul-Jabbar teach us about markets?

When Kareem Abdul-Jabbar took part in sports, he did more than sell his services to his team. He enriched basketball with his skyhook, but he also challenged existing beliefs about how black athletes were supposed to conduct themselves and he used his platform to discuss broader issues of race and black identity through his name change and outspokenness. These contributions influenced the terms on which the game of basketball and more broadly sports operated: the access and opportunities which other black athletes had.

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