Recognizing a truly statuesque figure

Originally Published: November 17, 2012
By J.A. Adande | ESPN.com

The Los Angeles Lakers needed something like this. While they lead the league in drama, they also can bring out the lore and luster like no other NBA franchise. It was all on display Friday night at the Kareem Abdul-Jabbar statue unveiling outside Staples Center.

Nine members of the Basketball Hall of Fame were on hand -- Jack Nicholson too. There were laughs, moistened eyes and, most of all, class. That's the Lakers as we remember them, not the fractured franchise of late.

There was ...

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