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Robinson 'helped change the world'

Updated: April 16, 2010, 9:30 AM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

There have been very few men in this life who've stood above legendary Lakers center Kareem Abdul-Jabbar in size or stature.

As a man, as a player and as an icon the 7-foot-1 Abdul-Jabbar towers over most. But on this night, he was proud to look up at the man who he says "helped change the world": Jackie Robinson.

"Dodger baseball was really what drew me to him," Abdul-Jabbar said before a pregame ceremony honoring Robinson and the day he broke baseball's color barrier.

"I ...

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