Shaquille O’Neal speaks on his historic Lakers partnership with Kobe Bryant
Shaquille O’Neal, who won three straight titles with Kobe Bryant donning the Los Angeles Lakers jersey, is saddened by the fact that they will no longer be able to talk about their historic partnership when they are old and gray.
In his the Big Podcast with Shaq, O’Neal spoke about the legacy of his former teammate and good friend whom he considered his brother.
Bryant’s demise caught everyone by surprise. In fact, O’Neal fantasized that somewhere down the line, he and Bryant would converse about the good days when their dynamic duo was at its peak.
"We're still gonna have the best duo ever created, that's not gonna change, but I wish at 60 and 70, in the old folks' home or on a show, we could talk about it" — @SHAQ on his own podcast about his eight-year partnership with Kobe Bean Bryant
— Marc Stein (@TheSteinLine) January 28, 2020
In the podcast, O’Neal walked listeners through on how he found out about the demise of Bryant. At first, he didn’t want to hear anything about it, believing it was one of those internet death hoaxes. Then, he finally received the confirmation.
To make things worse, Bryant’s daughter Gianna perished in the crash as well.
Back in December 2019, Bryant was announced as one of the nominees to be inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. O’Neal admitted that he wondered who Bryant will call to induct him. Will it be him? Or will it be Michael Jordan, Bryant’s mentor and idol?
Sadly, O’Neal will never receive that call from his brother.
Shaquille O’Neal spoke about his much-talked-about quarrels with Kobe Bryant in the tail end of their Lakers partnership and when they parted ways. O’Neal admitted that they did have fights, but it was all part of their relationship as brothers. At the end of the day, they respected one another to the extreme.
Together, Shaq and Kobe won three NBA titles together. They are also considered to be one of the best, if not the best, duos ever formed in the NBA. Shaq joined the Lakers in the summer of 1996, the same year Kobe was drafted.