What Shaquille O'Neal Would've Changed About His Relationship With Kobe Bryant

Written by on April 22, 2020

Shaquille O’Neal opened up in regards to the lack of his former teammate, Kobe Bryant, and candidly mentioned their friendship in an interview that went reside final week. 

The NBA nice appeared on the “Sports activities Like A Boss” podcast and informed co-hosts Holly McPeak and Anne Marie Anderson that considering of Bryant makes him go into “want mode.” 

“Hear, we revered one another. We’re buddies. We’re not call-everyday-friends, however I want that I might’ve talked to him extra,” O’Neil stated, sounding somber. 

“I want I may’ve stated ‘Hey, the way you doing,’ I want I may’ve stated, ‘Hey, you realize the Corridor of Fame factor is developing. You recognize you gonna be on that checklist,’” he added. “We must always’ve communicated extra. I ought to talk with all my buddies extra. I’ve no excuses.”  

Kobe Bryant was part of the ceremony to unveil a statue of his former Los Angeles Lakers teammate, Shaquille O’Neal, at

Kobe Bryant was a part of the ceremony to unveil a statue of his former Los Angeles Lakers teammate, Shaquille O’Neal, on the Staples Middle within the metropolis’s downtown on Mar 24, 2017. The pair led the staff to 3 NBA championships. 

Citing the influence of Bryant’s loss of life on him, O’Neal stated he received’t be capable to watch the Corridor of Fame ceremony scheduled for August when the star guard can be posthumously inducted. 

“I don’t need to see footage and movies of him. I don’t,” he stated. 

Simply after the helicopter crash that killed Bryant and eight others, together with his teenage daughter Gianna, on Jan. 26, O’Neal pledged to make a significant life change and resolve any ongoing, lingering conflicts he had with individuals.

On an episode of his personal podcast, “The Massive Podcast with Shaq,” recorded the day after Bryant died, O’Neal stated, “Look, I’m all about being arduous and all that, however after yesterday, I’m going to should delete my beef and my confrontation clause. I don’t need to try this anymore as a result of, you realize, you by no means know.” 

O'Neal laughs with Bryant a Lakers win against the Chicago Bulls in Los Angeles on Nov. 22, 2002.

O’Neal laughs with Bryant a Lakers win towards the Chicago Bulls in Los Angeles on Nov. 22, 2002.

On his podcast proper after the helicopter accident, O’Neal additionally expressed his want to have spoken with Bryant extra. 

“I want I might’ve communicated extra. However once more, that’s simply how we’re,” he stated. “After we noticed one another, it was love and respect and he appeared out for the children and I saved a watch on his daughter Gigi ― she was a wonderful participant.”


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