Shaquille O’Neal: « Kobe and I were the most dominant duo »

Without a doubt, one of the worst news of 2020 was the departure of Kobe Bryant. One of the best players in history and of what, by his real name, could be the best franchise in the NBA.


All kinds of stars have lived together in the Los Angeles Lakers, with more or less fortune. One of the most successful was the one that combined Shaquille O’Neal and the Mamba, which achieved a historic three-peat from 2000 to 2002.

Out of nostalgia, the man who is one of the most dominant centers in basketball history remembered one of the best teammates he ever played with.

« Before I lost Kobe, I lost my sister and I learned that if you have something to say to someone, say it to them. Kobe and I were respectable friends. A lot of people think we have to be best friends to win championships. It’s not like that. You just have to have the utmost respect, and we definitely had that. But we definitely should have communicated more. You know, at least once a week. We’re so busy doing our thing, trying to take care of ourselves, after we retire, we separate. And that’s understandable too. I wish I could have said something to him, » added the man who also won a ring with the Miami Heat.

In the same interview, the CBS Sports podcast also confirmed that the duo that made up Kobe was the best ever: « Look, we won three out of four, so if I had to do it all over again, what would change? I wouldn’t change anything. As a team leader, I had to do what it took to keep it going. That’s why we were the most dominant tandem of a large and small ever created. The most enigmatic, controversial, dominant duo ever created.


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