It could be argued that Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal were the best duo in NBA history. Although it ended poorly with Shaq forcing his way out of town and Kobe wanting the Lakers to be his team, the one-two punch of Kobe and Shaq was unstoppable during their three-peat campaign.
Shaq talked about his former teammate in his book, My Story: Shaq Uncut, back in 2011. Shaq claims Kobe has a “scientific” edge to him that LeBron James simply doesn’t possess, according to The Palm Beach Post:
“Kobe is a scientific dawg. He works out every day, practices every day. Most of the other stars are just dawgs, not scientific dawgs.
“Me, I’m a freak-of-nature dawg because of my size. LeBron could be a scientific dawg like Kobe, but he’s not, he’s got a lot going on like I did, so that’s preventing him from being one.”
As Shaq suggests, Kobe approaches the game in a different way that has helped prolong his career. Michael Jordan changed his game and went with a different approach at an advanced age in a very similar way.
It remains to be seen if LeBron is capable of making the same transition down the road.
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