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The five inductees to the 2011 ESPN Los Angeles Hall of Fame (with percent of votes):
1. Magic Johnson (79.1)
2. John Wooden (64.9)
3. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (62.8)
4. Wayne Gretzky (42.7)
5. Sandy Koufax (38.2).
Note: If they're still active, they're not eligible.
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Kareem of the crop?
Admiration for Abdul-Jabbar's career tempered by perceptions of off-court demeanor
By Arash Markazi
In Los Angeles' vast array of sports crown jewels, he is perhaps the brightest, compiling a record of performance unparalleled among the city's greatest athletes. But the diamond is imperfect, troubled by an image problem that sometimes threatens to undercut his résumé.There is no question Kareem Abdul-Jabbar should be a first-ballot inductee into the ESPN Los Angeles Hall of Fame. He won three NCAA men's basketball championships at UCLA and was named the tournament's Most Outstanding Player each year. He went 88-2 in his three years in Westwood (freshman weren't allowed to play varsity in those days). He was so dominant as a Bruin that the dunk shot was banned for a decade in college because of him.
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