The unprecedented success of “The Last Dance” is undeniable. Nevertheless, it just isn't everyone's cup of tea. Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaquille O'Neal, who himself has no problem with the documentary itself, recently explained why he would not subject himself to a similar process.
O'Neal has a very compelling reason, and unsurprisingly, it all boils down to his former teammate with the Lakers, Kobe Bryant. Shaq was asked in a recent interview about what he thought his own “Last Dance”-style documentary would look like, and the Hall of Fame big man completely shot the idea down:
Obviously, Shaq is still emotional about the loss of Kobe. The two may have had their differences during their time together in Los Angeles, but they hashed it out later on and eventually became friends. This is exactly why O'Neal is still devastated about Bryant's passing, despite the tragic helicopter accident taking place more than five months ago now. Shaq is taking a long time to get over the untimely death of his buddy, which is completely understandable.
Shaq briefly discussed how his relationship with Kobe turned sour prior to O'Neal making the move to the Miami Heat. This is exactly what Shaq does not want to relive, and the very reason why he believes the documentary would be a bad idea.
For what it's worth, both guys continued to find success on their own separate paths. Shaq won another title with the Heat, while Kobe led the Lakers to back-to-back titles years after O'Neal's departure.
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