Kareem Abdul-Jabbar shows small side

The NBA great's recent tantrum about respect reveals a lifetime of insecurity

Updated: May 20, 2011, 12:13 PM ET
By Ramona Shelburne | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- He has been a giant since the day he entered this world 64 years ago. Thirteen pounds and 22 inches at birth. Six-foot-8 by the time he was in eighth grade. A legend on both coasts before he ever played a game for John Wooden or caught a pass from Magic Johnson.

His size and his stature became as much a part of his identity as the game he played so well and the city he always stayed so near to.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar has always been a giant of a man.

Until now. Until ...

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