WATCH: Kareem Abdul-Jabbar Introduces Himself as Michael Jordan at DNC: 'Trump Can't Tell the Difference'

Retired basketball star takes aim at Trump over racism.

The final night of the Democratic National Convention was not heavy on comedian speakers, so former basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar stepped up to the plate by introducing himself as Michael Jordan - perhaps the most recognized basketball player of all time. "I said that because I know that Donald Trump couldn't tell the difference," said Abdul-Jabbar to laughs and cheers.

The rest of Abdul-Jabbar's speech took on a more serious note as he addressed Trump's comments on race, particularly those targeting Muslims.

Abdul-Jabbar called Trump's call for a ban on Muslim migration to the U.S. as "the type of tyranny that Jefferson abhorred."

"At its core, discrimination is a result of fear," said Abdul-Jabbar. "Those who think Americans scare easily, enough to abandon our country's ideals in exchange for a false sense of security, underestimate our resolve. To them we say only this: Not here, not ever."

Retired professional basketball player Kareem Abdul-Jabbar delivers remarks on the fourth day of the Democratic National Convention, July 28, 2016 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Aaron P. Bernstein, AFP