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House of cards: Jury selection begins in Kareem Abdul-Jabbar / Upper Deck case

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Former LA Laker Kareem Abdul-Jabbar at the SiriusXM Studios in NYC in February 2012 (Photo by Neilson Barnard/Getty Images)

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar turned 65-years-old on Monday just in time for jury selection to begin in his Upper Deck trial.

The former LA Laker is suing the trading card company for allegedly using his image without permission, and in doing so, damaging the commercial value of his identity and compromising his standing among peers and fans.

Upper Deck contends that Abdul-Jabbar sustained no damages, claiming they had a two-decade-long relationship with the basketball star.

The suit, filed in August 2010, focuses on the "Greats of the Game" trading cards and the use of Abdul-Jabbar's  image from his UCLA days.

According to the prosecution, the 2008 contract in question expired after 18 months and was for the use of professional career images only.

Representing the six-time National Basketball Association champion is attorney John Gaule; David Skilling is representing defendants The Upper Deck Co. Inc. 

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Dennis Rodman wiggles off the hook - granted two more months to pay over $800k

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A typical Outback Steakhouse seen here next to a Sears store.

Dennis Rodman, known for his outrageous lifestyle and wardrobe brought a Chicago Bulls cap with him to court today in the City of Orange.

The NBA Hall of Fame forward was in the Orange County courthouse Tuesday to learn his fate after he failed to pay upwards to $800,000 in spousal and child support to his ex-wife.

It appears that the cap brought him good luck as "The Worm" wiggled out of what could have been a sentence of 20 days behind bars for being in contempt of court. Instead, the former Piston, Spur, Laker and Bull was simply ordered to return to court at the end of May.

Perhaps during that time Rodman can work on cleaning up his finaces and his reportedly failing health.

According to his lawyers (who are working pro-bono), the All-Star is broke, ill, and unemployable due to a drinking problem.

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Kobe Bryant will fork over about $75 million and all three Newport Beach mansions in divorce

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Kobe and Vanessa Bryant attend the skills competition at the NBA's All-Star Saturday Night in Dallas in February, 2011.

Kobe Bryant is not like most men.

When most men get divorced they lose the house to the ex-wife and drive away in the station wagon.

Kobe Bryant is losing the house, the other house, and the third house. Yes, all three Newport Beach mansions will go to the Laker guard's soon-to-be ex-wife.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that property records at the Orange County Clerk-Recorders Office in Santa Ana indicate that the homes have been recently transfered to Vanessa Bryant.

The three OC properties are worth a total of $18.8 million. But before you shed a tear for #24, Kobe made about $35 million in 2011 according to Sports Illustrated.

The couple, who have been together for 10 years, have yet to officially divorce, but the Times speculates Kobe is worth about $150 million, thus will be ordered to fork over approximately $75 million since the pair never signed a pre-nuptial agreement.

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