Kareem can’t believe that the Lakers haven’t built him a statue at the Staples Center, the way they did for Magic Johnson, Chick Hearn, Oscar De La Hoya, Wayne Gretzky and Jerry West. From the LA Times (via Cap’s Twitteraccount): “Various postings on Kareem Abdul-Jabbar’s Twitter account reveal that his frustration over the fact the Lakers haven’t honored him with a statue outside Staples Center reflects a larger picture in his fragmented relationship with the organization. ‘It’s not about a getting a statue, because I’m over it. It’s about RESPECT! Lakers have given me the absolute minimum of respect.’ … Among the his other tweets: — ‘Bill Russell is getting his statue after 40 years. Laker immortal Jerry West waited 37 years for his statue. My wait has only been 22 yrs.’ –’Rumor has it that I will be getting a statue. A caveat for all my fans-don’t hold your breath. Lakers don’t care about me.’ — ‘The only reason I endure is because of all the support I get from Laker fans everywhere I go. Thanks to all for your appreciation.’ — ‘Magic waited 8 years to be honored in that way. So maybe I am chopped liver?’ — A fan tweeted, ‘You are a legend. Why does it bother u so much? Ur accomplishments on court mean a lot more then a statue.’ Abdul-Jabar responded, ‘Your right but there is principal involved so I can’t ignore the situation any longer.’”