Four-time NBA champion Shaquille O’Neal, now a TV analyst on TNT, shared that only two players were able to withstand his hazing: Los Angeles Lakers legend Kobe Bryant and current Miami Heat point guard Goran Dragic.
Of course, it’s not shocking to see Bryant as one of those who stood tough in front of the Big Diesel. Though he arguably played second-fiddle to Shaq in their early years together, the late Lakers legend has always been his own man. The dynamic duo didn’t always have the best relationship on the court, but that did not hinder them from winning three straight NBA championships.
Of course, as we came to know, the two would butt heads and eventually, the Lakers needed to split them up. Nonetheless, both Kobe and Shaq patched things up later in their careers and established a great off-court relationship.
The other player that Shaquille O’Neal put in the same breath of the late Kobe Bryant in this regard came as a bit of a surprise. Who knew we would see Goran Dragic and Kobe Bryant in the same category. The Slovenian guard became Shaq’s teammate with the Phoenix Suns in the 2008-09 season, Dragic’s rookie campaign.
Dragic, who came off the bench for the majority of the regular season, has been key during the Heat’s three dominant victories over the Indiana Pacers in their first round series so far. The Dragon, who has started for Miami in the playoffs, finished with 24 points, six assists, and five three-pointers in Miami’s 124-115 Game 3 win.