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Shaquille O’Neal admits having trouble sleeping after Kobe Bryant’s tragic death

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Shaquille O’Neal admits having trouble sleeping after the tragic death of fellow Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, per Marc Stein of The New York Times.

I chatted with O’Neal on Feb. 13 — a Thursday that tipped off a 96-hour filled with assignments in Chicago — and asked if working so much and trying to talk about basketball were difficult under the circumstances.

“No,” he said. “Sleeping is.”

The passing of Bryant is obviously going to take a while for O’Neal and the entire basketball community to get over.

Kobe and Shaq won three championships together with the Lakers. They consider each other as brothers even after having a rocky relationship for a few years following O’Neal’s trade to the Miami Heat.

Bryant tributes will continue for a while after his tragic death, as they should. The basketball community will make it a point to never forget Bryant’s legacy both as a player and father. He was an idol to a whole generation of people, and his legacy will live on forever.

In 1,346 career games for the Purple and Gold franchise,  Kobe Bryant cemented himself as one of the greatest Lakers of all time. He finished with career averages of 25.0 points, 5.2 rebounds and 4.7 assists per game.