Basketball Hall of Fame observations

Updated: September 19, 2012, 1:59 PM ET
By Kareem Abdul-Jabbar | ESPN.com

This year I was invited to participate in the Basketball Hall of Fame inductions of Jamaal Wilkes and Ralph Sampson and the panel discussion about the UCLA Bruin dynasty. It was a pleasure.

The trip to Springfield, Mass., was a chance to catch up with old friends, to hear in detail how my NBA rights were determined and to reflect on my basketball peers and the game, which has played such an important role in my life.

I got to know Jamaal while he was still a student ...

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