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And though the Lakers insist there are no hard feelings with their sometimes-prickly ex-superstar, Abdul-Jabbar ruefully recalled a minor ruckus he started a few years ago by complaining that Johnson and West had been honored with Staples Center statues before him.

“I had a little too much to say about it not happening right away,” Abdul-Jabbar said. “But they were patient with me.”

Julius Erving, Bill Walton, Bill Sharman, Jamaal Wilkes, Kurt Rambis, A.C. Green and James Worthy also attended the ceremony. NBA Commissioner David Stern, former President Bill Clinton and Abdul-Jabbar’s son, Amir, sent congratulatory videos.

Kareem was the most selfless super player that I’ve ever seen in my life,” West said.