Abdul-Jabbar played 20 seasons for the Milwaukee Bucks and the LA Lakers and in 1996 was honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History. In 2012, Abdul-Jabbar was selected by Secretary of State Hillary Clinton to be a U.S. global cultural ambassador. In 2016, ESPN named him the second best player in NBA history (second to Michael Jordan). In 2016, President Barack Obama awarded him the Presidential Medal of Freedom. Abdul-Jabbar has written multiple books and essays, and has acted in television series and movies. He has also taken on activism in his later years, speaking out against Islamophobia and other forms of social injustice.