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Grads hear from former NBA star Abdul-Jabbar

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PROVIDENCE, RI (AP) -

A giant of the NBA says new graduates should not get weighed down by the big expectations of others.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar spoke Sunday to just under 1,200 students who received degrees from the New England Institute of Technology.

The Providence Journal reports the 7-foot-2 former star of the Los Angeles Lakers told those graduating that the most annoying question they will face is, "What are you going to do next?" He says it was a question that put pressure on him when he finished his NBA career.

He says he did the unexpected, including writing history books and coaching basketball on an Indian reservation.

Abdul-Jabbar then challenged the graduates to prove they are worthy of being successful by making themselves significant.

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