The new showdown is Shaquille O'Neal vs. Kareem Abdul-Jabbar on how to deal with the president-elect. The GOP billionaire won fair and square, O'Neal said on The Hill. Shaq once called Trump like a straight-up guy, calling him a friend. Abdul-Jabbar, a Muslim who vigorously opposed Trump, wrote Thursday that many leaders are calling for a hide-beneath-the-bed tactic that included calls for giving Trump the benefit of the doubt. You know, candidate Trump promised a lot of people a lot of things.