No one likes to feel underappreciated. That's today's Universal Truth No. 1.
Universal Truth No. 2, following hard on its heels, is that when you complain about feeling underappreciated, you just come off as a whiner 99.9 percent of the time.
This is about the other 0.1 percent.
This is about Kareem Abdul-Jabbar saying he feels slighted by the Lakers because they've never erected a statue of him outside the Staples Center, which on the face of it sounds A) incredibly arrogant, and B) even more incredibly petty. On the other hand, however ...
Well, let's look at whose statues are outside the Staples Center:
1. Magic Johnson
2. Chick Hearn
3. Jerry West
4. Wayne Gretzky
5. Oscar de la Hoya
No problem here with Magic, Hearn and West. They're Laker icons. They oughta be statues.
But, come on, you put up a statue of Wayne Gretzky (whose immortality was cemented in Edmonton, not L.A.) and a boxer before you put up one of the greatest Laker of them all? Really?
Methinks Kareem might have juuuust a tiny point.