One of the best duos in NBA history was Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal. The two led the LA Lakers to three consecutive titles from 2000 to 2002. During that time, Bryant and O’Neal dominated on the court. They developed great chemistry during their years playing together.
When Bryant passed away, O’Neal took it real hard. He recently did something in his house to honor his former teammate in a special way.
Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal became a dynamic duo in LA
Bryant and O’Neal joined the Lakers the same year. O’Neal was just traded to the Lakers from the Orlando Magic, and the Lakers got Bryant in the 1996 NBA draft. O’Neal was already four seasons in and established himself as one of the best big men in the game. Bryant came in as a highly touted rookie and looked to make a name for himself. During the 1998-99 season, Bryant became and starter joining O’Neal in the lineup.
The next season was the start of something special for the Lakers. O’Neal and Bryant led the Lakers to a 67-15 record during the regular season, and they were the top two scorers on the team. O’Neal had a breakout season, leading the league in scoring averaging 29.7 points per game. He also averaged 13.6 rebounds and three blocks and was named the NBA MVP in 2000. Bryant averaged over 20 points for the first time in his career, and he established himself as one of the best guards in the league. The Lakers battled through the 2000 NBA Playoffs and made their way to the NBA Finals, where they defeated the Indiana Pacers in six games.
O’Neal and Bryant helped put the Lakers back at the top of the NBA, and they were forming a dynasty. The next two seasons, the Lakers continued to dominate the league, winning two more titles with the help of O’Neal and Bryant. It’s hard to argue that the two aren’t one of the best duos in NBA history.
Bryant and O’Neal respected each other on the court
After O’Neal left the Lakers, there were a lot of talks about their relationship. But one thing that the two had was respect for each other. They knew how talented and gifted they were on the court. The two had some ups and downs in their relationship, but at the end of the day, they could come together and talk to each other because they had nothing but respect.
When Bryant retired, O’Neal made sure to be in attendance for his final game as an NBA player. Their relationship started to grow when Bryant retired. During their career, they feuded at times as teammates and opponents, but it only made them better as players. At the end of the day, there was no bad blood between the two.
Shaq created a Kobe Bryant shrine in his house
When Bryant passed away, it was a huge blow for all of the sports world and many people. O’Neal was hurt, finding out he lost a former teammate who he had so much success with. O’Neal still thinks about Bryant a lot, and he decided to do something special for him. In an interview with ‘Entertainment Tonight,’ O’Neal revealed a shrine that he made of Bryant in his living room.
O’Neal also had a message for Vanessa Bryant. “I haven’t had a chance to talk to her, but hopefully she knows that my family, we will open up our arms to her. Hopefully, her daughters will call me ‘Uncle Shaq’ like my kids called Kobe’ Uncle Kobe,'” he said. O’Neal will cherish the moments he had with Bryant, and he will continue to keep Bryant and his family in his heart.