(ESPN) — 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 this silly, sad episode over statues and hurt feelings that has left him standing only two feet tall. In the past 48 hours, Abdul-Jabbar has revealed a lifetime of insecurities and fractured, perhaps forever, a lifelong relationship with the Lakers. While his tantrum may have begun innocently, because a reporter simply asked him why the Lakers hadn’t yet honored him with a statue outside Staples Center, his tone grew angrier and more bizarre by the hour.