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Lakers Rumors: Phil Jackson Says Kobe, Shaq Spat Was Overblown Reviewed by Momizat on . Phil Jackson has been at the forefront of some of the greatest dynasties in the history of the NBA while coaching some of the greatest players the league will e Phil Jackson has been at the forefront of some of the greatest dynasties in the history of the NBA while coaching some of the greatest players the league will e Rating:
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Lakers Rumors: Phil Jackson Says Kobe, Shaq Spat Was Overblown

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philPhil Jackson has been at the forefront of some of the greatest dynasties in the history of the NBA while coaching some of the greatest players the league will ever see.  But possibly nothing in his tenure got more media attention than the contentious relationship between Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant during the early 2000s.

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Of course the two combined to win three championships including including a dominant 15-1 run through the 2001 postseason that had fans and media talking about the possibility of those Lakers becoming one of the greatest dynasties of all-time.  But some well publicized spats between the two superstars ended the run prematurely and the Lakers traded their dominant big man to the Miami Heat after a 2004 loss in the NBA Finals to the Detroit Pistons.

Phil Jackson appeared on the Dan Patrick Show on Tuesday morning and seemed to indicate that the ‘drama’ and ‘beef’ between Bryant and O’Neal was blown out of proportion.

“It wasn’t as much as was made of.  I think they played into it a little  bit.  There was some little stuff that was going on that was kind of  petty stuff, but in reality they always blended back together when it  became critical for them to do.  It was a “who’s a real leader” type of  thing going on, kind of like “who’s the real man” here. I kind of let them play it for awhile then would reign it in when it got too wild.”

This quote goes against most of the things that have been reported throughout the years as it has always been assumed that the two were at each other’s throats and Kobe has always taken the brunt of the blame for ‘running Shaq out of town.’

Jackson also said that Shaq’s toe injury in 2002 altered the course of the Lakers as well as Shaq’s career in general.

What do you think??  Did the media blow this drama out of proportion or was the Shaq and Kobe relationship beyond repair?

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  • hookedonnews

    Whether it was blown out of proportion or not, it was real. Anyone who was watching knows it, and anyone who saw the subsequent drama after Shaq was sent to Miami knows it. The Lakers lost an opportunity for another championship because of it.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1672216122 Daryl Peek

      Shaq ran himself out by calling Jerry Buss out publicly in games over getting a contract… Shaq after dunking “are you gonna pay me now”

      • hookedonnews

        That happened in preseason. Whatever other factors were present, it’s undeniable that the drama between Kobe and Shaq was a factor in his leaving the team.

        • ComeOnMan

          I’m pretty sure Phil Jackson knows more about it than you do… as well as the media. All you saw was what the media wanted you to see/believe.. come on man.

          • hookedonnews

            I am going on what Jackson himself said and what Kobe and Shaq said back then and after the fact. I’m sure Jackson knows more about it than I do. If you’ll read my comments carefully you will see that I am not disputing what he said. I only said that the feuding between them was real and was a factor in Shaq’s leaving.

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