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Kareem Abdul-Jabbar reacts to Shaquille O’Neal saying he would put Abdul-Jabbar over himself when ranking best Lakers centers

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Last week, Shaquille O’Neal said he would put Kareem Abdul-Jabbar and Wilt Chamberlain over himself when ranking the best Los Angeles Lakers centers.

Abdul-Jabbar says he appreciates the kind words by Shaq, but admits it’s hard to compare players from different eras.

“It’s nice that Shaq would say that but I’ve always felt you can’t really compare eras,” Abdul-Jabbar said, via Arash Markazi of the Los Angeles Times. “We don’t know how dominant George Mikan was in the late ’40s and early ’50s. It’s just hard to compare one era to the next.”

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar is the greatest scorer in NBA history. He won five titles with the Lakers and one with the Milwaukee Bucks.

Shaquille O’Neal won three rings with the Lakers. The Diesel was named Finals MVP each time as well. Some believe Shaq is the most dominant player in NBA history. The only way you could stop him in his prime was by grabbing and fouling him.

Not a lot of people got to see Wilt Chamberlain play, but he was a force. Wilt won one championship with the Lakers. His most dominant years came earlier in his career. No one is going to ever break Chamberlain’s record of scoring 100 points in a game.