Back in 2001, Shaquille O’Neal agreed to accept an award only if Kobe Bryant, “the greatest player in basketball”, presented him with the trophy

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The Kobe Bryant–Shaquille O’Neal pairing was one of the greatest duos the league has ever seen.

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During their stint with the Los Angeles Lakers, sharing the same locker room, the HOF pairing went on to win 3 straight championships while dominating the association on a nightly basis.

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Yes, the two did have a few hiccups, off-the-court. However, when on the hardwood, the icons pushed each other to play to their full potential.

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While Kobe and Shaq did bring the best out of each other, they would very seldom speak about their on-court relationship in public. However, there was one time when the duo displayed their utmost respect for each other.

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Back in 2001, right after the Lakers won their 2nd consecutive NBA title, Shaq was nominated for a trophy. 

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The only condition O’Neal had was that “the greatest player in basketball” had to present in the award. Sharing a quite wholesome moment, Bryant was on the stage to honor his teammate.

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Bryant spoke about Shaq before giving him the award:  "The most dominant player in the world. MVP. Most Valuable Player and person, ladies and gentlemen, Shaquille O’Neal.”

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As the 7-footer accepted his trophy, he lauded The Black Mamba, calling the then-21-year-old the GOAT.  Shaq said:

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“I would not accept this award unless the greatest player in basketball gave me the award. And I said it once before that Kobe Bryant was the greatest player in the game and I meant that when I said that.”