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Lakers’ Shaquille O’Neal reflects on the emotion behind Kobe Bryant’s passing

Shaquille O'Neal, Kobe Bryant, Lakers

Los Angeles Lakers legends Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant took the NBA by storm in the early 2000’s by not only winning one championship but rather winning three straight. While the Hall of Fame big man and the scoring machine certainly had their differences over the years, there is no doubt that Shaq and Kobe remained close as time continued to pass.

With Bryant unexpectedly passing in such tragic fashion over the weekend, O’Neal has been vocal with his sadness and emotion over the course of the last several days. While making his first appearance on television since Bryant’s passing, O’Neal spoke with immense emotion on Tuesday evening about his Lakers co-star.

With O’Neal going on to win four NBA titles and Bryant five, this legendary tandem secured a trio of championships alongside one another as teammates. Shaq earned NBA Finals MVP honors three times while Bryant earned such an honor twice, with each instance coming after his time with O’Neal had come and gone. Nonetheless, and despite their differences on and off the court, it cannot be argued that Shaq and Kobe will forever serve as one of the most prolific and successful duos in league history.

Bryant was killed as the result of a helicopter accident that took place on Sunday morning in Southern California. O’Neal last spoke to Bryant during the latter’s final NBA game in 2015-16, when he infamously went on to score a whopping 60 points in the send off. This tandem spent a total of eight seasons together in Los Angeles.