Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal had teams on tenterhooks when they were on the court.
Fans still consider them to be the best-attacking duo in NBA history. They terrorized the league and won a three-peat for the Los Angeles Lakers.
Shaq was an unstoppable force during his prime. Kobe Bryant was emerging as one of the best scorers in the league and had modeled his playing style after Michael Jordan. The latter, himself, has pointed out these similarities.
Both were personalities driven by their desire to win and became great players. O’Neal had a starkly different approach to Kobe Bryant.
Recently, a video of both of them congratulating each other after their third title in 2002 has resurfaced on Twitter.(Click above for Video)
After winning his third successive Finals MVP, Shaquille O’Neal congratulated Kobe on their title and called him the greatest.
Kobe, in response, called Shaq “The most dominant.”
O’Neal then asked Kobe, “take that jersey off and put your own jersey on playa”. They were the “baddest duo” according to Shaq.
They had just won three rings in a row and one can’t find fault in Shaq’s statement.
Due to their opposing personalities, Bryant and Shaq frequently argued. In comparison to O’Neal, Kobe was far more focused and disciplined in his approach.