Kareem has had a falling out with almost everyone. He is still one of the greats and a good person however he can be a bit of an ass at times. I think the whole thing about him whining about a statue is an example.
Kareem doesn't compromise his principles like Magic. He says exactly what he thinks is right. Is that easy to hear all of the time? No. Does that means he's less of a person for it? No.
Kareem comes from a time where the world was tearing itself a part living by an "any means necessary" mantra. He lived thru a time where the pigment in your skin determined your worth as a person.
We all are an aggregate of our life experiences. As long as his actions and comments are viewed in that light, it's not hard to put his POV in perspective.
And what could Scottie say in reply? "Thanks for the education Kareem."
Scottie is a victim of MJ's brainwashing. MJ's Bulls teams were hostages to his ego and were made to think MJ was "divine"...he's not...
Want proof? See MJ's speech when they retired Scottie's Jersey...it was all about him...Scottie has longterm Stockholm's Syndrome...