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Kobe Bryant shares BRUTAL & HILARIOUS Stories on Shaquille O'Neal

Jan 25, 2022
he's a fun jolly guy but between the lines i mean he's not playing

shaquille

fades we played so cruelly i watched them embarrass centers we brought that belief to los angeles that we're playing for titles and just shaq the most dominant player of the world that most people don't know is that our history goes back to when i met you in orlando in orlando you said we would play the pacers in the playoffs and i remember yes and i came to you i had to take a picture you were like yeah come here young man yeah where you from you know i remember and oh that was the first time i met you i dont know if you know but i was in atlanta still with the orlando magic uh we got a call from jerry west at my agent 2 am me and jerome left the club jerry west says i have what you want at that point they asked me for 150. i know i wasn't going to get 150 but jerry got me 120. so he called me in the room and put the role one day and before ark ansas stopped me he said let me tell you something i just acquired this kid from charlotte you and him will get about three or four championships i got to play guys like shaq and uh corey byron scott eddie jones zabalos and it's been a great training ground so far now, I'm really enjoying it and I'm enjoying it to the fullest my first year we played and he kept posting but they kept messing with them so he kept going to the free throw line and I kept missing it so he threw the ball at me.
kobe bryant shares brutal hilarious stories on shaquille o neal
I'm not going to throw that back in there so I just kept shooting it okay so we're getting the cooldown. well then we go out the same as it comes hey i'm open ok there you go come back hey dude you gotta throw me the ball. 18 year old male 18 year old and I must have been crazy the lakers if you had your work ethic he'd be the best ever if shaq had his job he'd be the best all time trader for sure he'd be the first to tell you sure i mean this guy was a force like i've never seen him it was crazy you know a guy that size usually guys that size or a little bit shy and they don't want to be tall they don't want to be big man this guy was no he cared he was mean he was nasty he was competitive he was vengeful i mean he was yeah i wish i had a job i would have had 12 rings there was so much talk during the shack years were you guys friends no well well you know i'm obsessive and i think we have to work day and night to find a way to get where we need to go and he wanted to do it in a different way.
kobe bryant shares brutal hilarious stories on shaquille o neal

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Do you think if he had the same level of commitment to the game as you? have fewer fights with each other yes because i listen i don't i don't deal with people who don't commit to that level but then act like they do i don't deal with it i don't it's real i mean i listen as well as us, we used to get into things all the time because it was like you know he'd say, okay, Kobe's not throwing the ball to me and you know the media would take it and run with him and all kinds of things and I'm like good, bro if you were in shape by the time i run on a fast break and run back and then run you're still going down the first time bruh like what the hell you want me to do you know he felt he should play a certain way give him the ball i told him i'll give you the ball if you work you don't work you don't get the ball he said throw me the ball it don't work I never hit no shot what you see is what you get man neither of us gonna go you know smile in your face and then go here and we never did that. we said nice to each other man and be done with it now let's go out there and win nice so a lot of our feud stemmed from that and even though he was older you were still confronting him you know you didn't care I didn't care , man, they won, bro, from day one, I knew for sure, Rick Fox, my teammates, they all thought I was absolutely crazy the day Shaq and I got into a fistfight after that. like, okay

kobe

you're certifiable uh let's fight oh yeah fist fight i'm not going to back down listen listen you either wanna spank my ass or i'm gonna have a night but you know you know there's a level of respect and for shaq also the way i know he told me that day was a big turning point for him because it was like you know he's usually used to talking trash and saying what he wants and no one really steps up to front and challenging him on it and when he saw me challenge him on it, he was like this guy is crazy, okay, I can win with it, you know, and that was the beginning of our relationship.
kobe bryant shares brutal hilarious stories on shaquille o neal
I think one thing I noticed about you early on. it was that you didn't respect people that you could intimidate and respect hem and test them and you'd see what they let you get away with and see if they'd back down to that and that was the first thing i noticed about you and that competitive fire you had and then it all started making sense this is how i see him play with that rage when he comes out this is how i see guys when he plays they walk away because they are fatal they are scared of that confrontation that physicality is fun when we sat down we did the interview together um , she finally caught on to the fact that after we won championships she was like okay I can just kick back and spend the summer because I know I have a teammate who will train eight ten hours a day and I was like see that's the bs yeah yeah that would piss off that's yeah that's the problem right that's the problem um but it also became a um you know it's not something we couldn't have solved either because we've been doing it right n but I got to a point in my career where there were rumors um and some of it created by him that you know Kobe can't win without me and it was like wait, wait, no, it's not true, true, it's not true, true and i'm not gonna retire and make people hold that over my head i said no let's figure it out yeah it was just time to part ways well that's us shaq and now we have a great time together and by the way , his son was going to be a phenomenal player. go to the gym and work out with him a little bit, but Shaq and his relationship has always been good, one man has always been good, we've had our right moments, but through that friction we managed to win three championships in a row. to that friction a bit, but say it was never about us, the media talked about us, what did you mean?
kobe bryant shares brutal hilarious stories on shaquille o neal
Well, I mean when you're playing in a market like Los Angeles, everything is magnified correctly and so it's never really the issue between two. people because those things can be worked out with conversation but when things get really heated all of a sudden you have other people mixing in the middle and we weren't mature enough to tell others to shut up shut up I know what to do I know what to do let's do that but still man it was quite a ride when you broke the record in the second quarter of the night game against the philadelphia 76ers about five minutes later you got a call from Mr.
Shaquille O'Neal . Oh you did, yes I did. i wanted to congratulate you on being the greatest laker of all time those were his exact words how it makes you feel that feels great because you know our history and all that we have accomplished i mean that is the first thing i always think of are the positive things that we have accomplished because we accomplished a lot of them as a tandem and um so to hear those words coming from him, you know, it means a little more than you know it coming from another player and I think in our career um you know it should be remembered that we were a bad tandem and you know i think you'd be hard pressed to find another tandem that had two alpha males in a team that just doesn't happen and i remember you taking me to jerry's deli back in the day we had the big flip phones you know what i mean i didnt have one though you got one you pulled i said man im not gonna get one of those man thats pretty cool you know the big joint and just hanging out with you go man and you teach me the ropes from day one he likes to say that it is the greatest tandem ever created that should never be duplicated do you agree with that thing that it should never be complicated?
I think Jordan and Pippen were a bit. You know they made significantly more than us, but those two pieces also fit together better. I think you know that Shaq and I were the most explosive tandem. work for too long and in this situation that's kind of what you ended up having and you know we wanted to win three championships with that. There was a year there in 03 where I had 40 points in nine straight games. stress,

kobe

, we need you to take over the offense. I'm fine, great, so that's it. I have it. I'm fine. shaq comes back from injury and phil says you know i'm still doing good and then phil calls me into his office he says hey you know we're starting to lose the big guy what do you mean? well he's not getting the attention you know this 40 point streak is starting to take the heat out of him to show something is right so i need you to start marking him again i'm like what he says we're going to lose him and we need him in june ok ok you got a game against the clippers i got like 38 or something and i had an e chance to score 40 and get 40 again its a blast game like throwing the ball in the shack instead of shooting an open shot the 40 point streak ended that night wow that was it and that's inside stuff people don't know well and just some of you when people go off and say are you guys happy yeah yeah because Phil said hey we have to redial him, we have to redial him, we're starting to lose the big phone, perfect Kobe, you're like him too, you have to dial.
I get back to you that you're going to score 38 instead of 40. well I mean it's the street thing, it wouldn't have been 10 in a row, we broke a record, right, right, I would have broken the record, but instead you know it's amazing how time flies i just have to congratulate you the most gifted physical specimen i've ever seen play this game size and agility and uh natural talent so i just have to congratulate you and um you know what you've done. the city that you have meant to this city has been absolutely historic you know the career we have had together and i know you have played for other organizations but you will always be remembered for playing for one and that is here with the los angeles lakers congratulations you number has been officially immortalized and you deserve it, enjoy.

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