Kareem Abdul-Jabbar quashes his beef with Shaq — not LeBron

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar sought an opportunity to easy a frayed relationship with a Lakers star on Tuesday evening.

While LeBron James and Abdul-Jabbar stated good issues about one another within the highlight, their embrace instantly after James broke Abdul-Jabbar’s profession scoring report lacked heat. The transient and stilted embrace at midcourt was anticipated after the previous Lakers nice criticized James repeatedly for the way in which he has used his platform, together with calling him out for failing to endorse COVID vaccines at a time when the virus was killing a excessive variety of Black Americans.

Yet the previous Lakers captain made certain he quashed any trace of a beef with former Lakers star Shaquille O’Neal throughout his postgame interview on TNT. While Abdul-Jabbar has praised O’Neal since his retirement, O’Neal lamented in a biography and through numerous interviews he by no means obtained assist from Abdul-Jabbar throughout his profession.

“I want to tell Shaq, I ask you specifically this evening because you felt that I was ashamed of you or ignoring you — that would never be the case,” Abdul-Jabbar stated on TNT. “And you showed what you were all about the way you crushed all the centers in the league for a couple of years there. So I’m on your side Shaq, don’t ever let anybody tell you anything different.”

Lakers star LeBron James, middle, poses with NBA commissioner Adam Silver, left and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar after turning into the NBA’s all-time scoring chief Tuesday throughout a loss to the Oklahoma City Thunder at Crypto.com Arena.

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Shaq responded: “Listen, you not speaking to me was the best thing that happened to my career because all I ever wanted to do was impress you, sir. I will talk to you soon, inshallah, and I love you very much. I will never ever have beef with the great Kareem Abdul-Jabbar. You ain’t got to worry about that.”

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That prompted Abdul-Jabbar to double down his assist for O’Neal.

“That’s back at you. I love you, too,” Abdul-Jabbar stated. “I want you guys to keep impressing the whole world with our game. It’s a wonderful game.”

O’Neal closed by saying: “Yup, I’ll talk to you soon, Cap.”