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It turns out Andrew Bynum has already accomplished something that Shaquille O’Neal never will.

The current Lakers center received personal instruction from Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, while the former Lakers center wishes he could have benefited from such teaching. Although he notes in his book that LSU Coach Dale Brown once brought Abdul-Jabbar onto campus to teach O’Neal the sky hook, the Big Fella believes Cap didn’t offer much support as a pro.

“Kareem was never around,” O’Neal wrote in “Shaq Uncut: My Story,” co-written by Jackie MacMullan. “And, whenever I did see him, he usually ignored me. The disappointing thing to me was, being in LA all those years and trying to fill those shoes, I would have liked to have a conversation with him.”

This episode has everything to do with both Abdul-Jabbar’s introverted and often downright unfriendly personality as well as Shaq’s own insecurities. After all, Abdul-Jabbar sounded more than willing to help Bynum as a Lakers special assistant coach when he was approached about it. It also reveals the mixed reception O’Neal received among former and current centers.

– Reported by Mark Medina of theĀ Los Angeles Times Blog