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Kobe Bryant Says that He Would Force Shaq to Retire His Jersey


If you’re not familiar with the situation, Kobe Bryant has always had an odd relationship with Shaquille O’neal.   The two were dominate with the Los Angeles Lakers, leading the team to three straight championships in the 2000, 2001 and 2002 seasons.  But the two couldn’t fit both of their egos on the same court, leading to a parting of ways shortly thereafter.

Both men have found success since then, proving that they could survive without the other.  But the feuding continues.  During a recent interview, Kobe was asked about the retirement of his jersey and who he would get to present it at his ceremony.  The question was asked during the retirement of the jersey for Jamaal Wilkes.

“I’d probably force Shaq to do it,” Kobe said, after a long response.

We doubt that Shaq would take him up on his offer.  If the two players had stayed together, they likely would have continue to be dominant.  But like the Dallas Cowboys in the early 1990s and the Chicago Bulls a few years later, these two were not able to maintain the seeds that made them great.  Big egos have destroyed great dynasties, and the Lakers are no exception.

8 Responses to Kobe Bryant Says that He Would Force Shaq to Retire His Jersey

  1. Salsacr1

    December 30, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Kobe would not had won those three rings, if Shaquille was not on that team. You don’t win without a big man!

    • Greg

      December 30, 2012 at 9:41 pm

      It is not true about winning a title without a big man. Jordan and Lebron did without one. And the Lakers would not have won without Kobe either.

  2. Edward Smikle

    December 30, 2012 at 1:39 pm

    Do we really care about this kind of nonsense?. They were good while it lasted, now it is over, Shaq, have retired and move on, why cant the rest of you assholes do the same?. You always have to make issues when there is non issues.That is what I dislike about the media, they make up lies when there is nothing there.
    This whole freedom of the press, as well as the right to bear arms, is the biggest problem this nation faces. The freedom of the press should be checked for all the lies that they put out. The right to bear arms, show that we are still uncivilised, if the they only way we can solve problems is through voilence, then we are still living in BARBARISM.
    Can we let bye gone be bye gone