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Shaquille O’Neal tells NSFW story about when Kobe Bryant gained his respect

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Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal told a great, funny story during the emotional Kobe Bryant eulogy on Monday at Staples Center.

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 considered 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 and won five championships. Bryant won his final two with Pau Gasol, as the Lakers defeated the Orlando Magic and Boston Celtics.

O’Neal says he’s had trouble sleeping since Bryant’s tragic passing. No matter the days going by, Lakers fans and basketball fans as a whole will always remember Bryant and everything he did as a basketball player and a dad to his beautiful young girls.