Muhammad Ali.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar posts powerful message about 'friend and mentor' Muhammad Ali

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Many former and current basketball personalities have come forward to pay their respects to Muhammad Ali, who passed away in Phoenix, Arizona at the age of 74 today.

Jamal Crawford, Nancy Lieberman, Reggie Miller and NBA commissioner Adam Silver are just four of the names on a long list to give their tributes to a man considered to be the greatest boxer of all time.

Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, the six-time NBA champion with the Milwaukee Bucks and Los Angeles Lakers, a Hall of Famer, and a man lucky enough to call Ali a friend, posted a truly emotional message on his Facebook page this morning.

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The 69-year-old, who was named Most Valuable Player six times during his incredible career, spoke of Ali's amazing personality, along with the huge impact he had on sports fans, athletes, the anti-establishment youth of the 1960s and the Muslim community.

In an extremely powerful statement, the former center said: " I may be 7’2" but I never felt taller than when standing in his shadow."

The message from a true sporting great shows the magnitude of which Ali touched people. He will be missed. The world has lost not just one of it's greatest sports stars, but also one of the biggest personalities to ever grace the planet.

Abdul-Jabbar spent a lot of time with the former boxer and was able to experience his greatness up close and personal, but for those who were only able to admire him from a distance, it was clear to see he was something else.

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