Basketball Hall of Famer Kareem Abdul-Jabbar says one of the many ways that he'll fondly remember Muhammad Ali is for how he liked to torment his opponents before fights.
"He would go to the training camp of his opponents and talk to them and torture them," Abdul-Jabbar told The Associated Press on Saturday. "I thought that was hilarious. Sonny Liston, he could have fried an egg on his head when he did stuff like that. I totally enjoyed that. He was kind of like acting up for all the rest of us ... kind of like our folk hero."
Abdul-Jabbar says he and Ali spoke many times about their shared Islamic faith, and how difficult it was at times to take unpopular stances. The NBA's all-time leading scorer says Ali had "incredible physical gifts" and that it was difficult and frustrating to watch Parkinson's disease affect the three-time heavyweight champion as much as it did in the final years of his life.