Oscar winner (!!) Kobe Bryant stopped by Jimmy Kimmel Live to talk about winning the award for Best Animated Short Film, but he also revealed what it was like getting into an altercation with Shaquille O’Neal back when they were Lakers teammates.
He said O’Neal threw the first punch and that Bryant couldn’t reach him to retaliate. And years later, when the pair met up for a televised conversation, he picked up Shaq’s enormous hand and thought, “I must have been the craziest 19-year-old in the world.”
Here’s that initial chat about the melee that aired on TNT:
"I think I can remember the first time we had our first fight…" – @kobebryant #PlayersOnly pic.twitter.com/IOS6FTjREt
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 18, 2018
And here’s Bryant talking about his incredible Oscars night, and Kimmel gave him a pair of Lakers jerseys to put on his award: