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Shaq on Relationship With Kobe: ‘We Never Had a Real Dislike’ Reviewed by Momizat on . On Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Lakers retired Shaquille O'Neal's number 34 jersey to the rafters at Staples Center along with the other legendary players. Du On Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Lakers retired Shaquille O'Neal's number 34 jersey to the rafters at Staples Center along with the other legendary players. Du Rating:
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Shaq on Relationship With Kobe: ‘We Never Had a Real Dislike’

Shaq Jersey RetirementOn Tuesday night, the Los Angeles Lakers retired Shaquille O’Neal’s number 34 jersey to the rafters at Staples Center along with the other legendary players.

During his tenure with the Lakers, O’Neal won three consecutive championships and formed one of the greatest duos in NBA history with Kobe Bryant. Bryant and Shaq were an unstoppable force and teams never really had an answer for the two superstars. However, their era together came to an end in 2004 when the much reported feud caused the Lakers to split the two.

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There was clearly animosity between Bryant and O’Neal and it was sad seeing the two champions become so separated. However, after O’Neal’s jersey retirement he spoke to the Los Angeles Times and said there was never a “real dislike” between him and Kobe.

“There’s two different types of dislike: there’s an athletic dislike and a real dislike. We never had a real dislike,” O’Neal said of Kobe Bryant. “Every time I see his lovely wife and his beautiful children, I always go to his children and say, ‘Hello babies, I’m uncle Shaq.’”

Even though Shaq and Kobe could have won more championships if they stuck together, they will still be seen as one of the greatest one-two punches this league has ever seen. The Lakers returned to their former glory thanks to those two and the great teams of the early 2000s will forever be remembered by Lakers fans.

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  • Kitty

    Good to hear, and even better…let by gone’s be by gone’s. So good to see you guys back together. Even if it’s not on the court. Speaks volumes to your children and fans!!

  • Nikos

    Without Shaq, Kobe is not the player that takes a team to championships. Shaq was one of the greats in the history of BB.

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    • tklsmooth

      In case you didn’t notice, Shaq won 3 rings with Kobe and could have won more if he had not wanted the spotlight on himself all the time ! Shaq played with an all-star cast in Orlando and couldn’t win one, he played with an all-star cast in Boston and couldn’t win one, he played with an all-star cast in phoenix that included Steve Nash and Amarie Stoudemire and couldn’t win one, he couldn’t win with LeBron James and a squad of solid role players, and he could only win one with Dwayne Wade and the great squad they had in Miami ! Shaq got his first 3 rings because he played with kobe and he was not able to duplicate that accomplishment anywhere else or playing with any other star player or star players ! I like them both but the truth is the truth ! By the way, Shaq Is definitely one of the greatest players in history but so is Kobe ! By the way, that last Championship MVP trophy Shaq won should have gone to Kobe !

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