I know what you're thinking, surely the headline is incorrect. Or maybe Shaq is being sarcastic. He's really paying a colleague a compliment?
Apparently, Shaq really does mean it. And even though there has been plenty of bickering between the two over the years, before and after Shaq was traded away to the Miami Heat, Shaq's respect for Kobe's talent, skill and desire has never wavered. So I guess we can just skip this Wikipedia post detailing their feud in their own words and just sweep that under the rug for today and not worry about it. Nothing to see there, folks!
"Based on what he's done, he's probably the greatest Laker of all time,'" O'Neal said of Bryant on KTLA Monday to promote his book, "Shaq Uncut." "If he gets another championship, he'll tie with Kareem. That will put him up there."
Maybe he's seeing all the bad press he's generating with all those juicy tidbits from the book being released to the public and wanted to be a little more positive about a player who played such a huge part in getting the big fella those rings.
"It's a different kind of great," O'Neal said of Bryant, who has five NBA titles and remains in sixth place on the NBA's all-time scoring list (27,868). "He had the skills to be an all-around player. I'm just a big man so I just do big-man stuff. I'm just in the big-man category."
Whoa, time for "Humble Shaq" to arrive out of nowhere. Where was this Shaq before? "Just a big man"? OK, now I know for sure he's being a bit facetious in this interview.
And no, Shaq didn't ask Kobe or anyone else what any part of his anatomy "tastes like." At least not that we know of.
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Shaq is right on that one and trust i dont like Nothing about the Lakers!" in a sports sense" but look at the body of work,with who he had! Then you got Magic,Worthy,Byron Scott,Rambis,A.C.Green,Kareem on 1 team not to mention All in their prime! yeah kobe had "Shaq" but no Worthy,Scott,A.C,Kareem,Rambis and not to meation the rest of the Team....It was a harder path to success in the NBA for the kid! hate ti say it Kobe..But know that Magic and Kareem are Just Basketball Gods..and Kobe has to realize that with out no Jully-Bean,props to his (DAD) and the likes of Magic and Kareem..would the Lakers be on the Map like they are? think mid 's80-early 90's
Shaq is right on that one and trust i dont like Nothing about the Lakers!" in a sports sense" but look at the body of work,with who he had! Then you got Magic,Worthy,Byron Scott,Rambis,A.C.Green,Kareem on 1 team not to mention All in their prime! yeah kobe had "Shaq" but no Worthy,Scott,A.C,Kareem,Rambis and not to meation the rest of the Team....It was a harder path to success in the NBA for the kid! hate ti say it Kobe..But know that Magic and Kareem are Just Basketball Gods..
DaShawn Jackson,Hanesworth and many more has lost respect for the game! Remember when u was a kid playing in the snow and after school,when u use to be your favorite player! you would have gave up every thing just to play 1 snap...Its every little kids deam..you played "every position" 3on3 you played Q.B..you Hiked the ball and Reciever! "See that was love!"Then u never even herd of a contract dispute and trust its countless names who maybe deserved much cash in the days but it was the "love" for a game we grew up to "love" and "Respect"..now you have players wanting to miss a game! When i was little you cryed if you didn't play or ge picked! Now the thing that kills me is these kids get Millions,and they dont want to play..when we was younger we played for "Free"no pads and tryed to kill each other! i would wipe the Benches,do Laundry,i would be Water-Boy"for 1,000 weekly! its sad when "Players" control the out come of game when there not satisfied "SUH" the Lions "maybe"could have won,who knows! it's all a joke,post season is the only time to watch any sports,that when you'll see the real "teams"who's trying to accomplish things play! what you think Sports Nation!
Shaq seems to have forgotten Jerry West, Kareem and Magic Johnson, among others. I don't believe that Kobe is the "greatest" Laker but certainly he is the most selfish.
What? No love for Penny? I kid, I kid. But if I am Shaq, I don't expect Kobe to return the compliment... of any kind.