Kareem Abdul-Jabbar immortalized

Updated: November 17, 2012, 6:58 PM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- On the same night the Los Angeles Lakers hoped to begin a new "Showtime" era, the team paid homage to the captain of the original one.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and his signature skyhook were immortalized with a 16-foot, 1,500-pound bronze statue unveiled in front of Staples Center before the Lakers played the Phoenix Suns on Friday.

"Lou Gehrig spoke about being the luckiest man in the world, and as a young person at that time I didn't know what that meant," Abdul-Jabbar ...

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