Kobe Bryant talks about his bitter sweet past relationship with ex-teammate Shaq. The two men once paired together on the Los Angeles Lakers, but never were really friends, but played a hell of a game together. When asked about maintaining a bond with Shaquille O’ Neal, this is what Kobe had to say
“There’s things I wanted to do in my career, take my career to another level, that I was just uncapable of doing as long as we were playing together which I was fine with doing until I heard him say a few times, ‘Kobe’s not going to be as succesful without me, this, that and the other.’ “
He went on to say,
“One of the big problems that he had with me is that I’m extremely, brutally honest with my guys, If a player’s not working as hard as he should, I’m gonna tell him. And that includes somebody’s whose 7’3, 400 pounds. [laughs] Which is probably not the smartest thing in the world to do, but you know, it is what it is.”
Hopefully, they’ve since buried the hatchet and today have a mutual respect for one another, even though they know they’ll never be besties. Maybe one day they’ll have a televised sit down and put it all on the table. That’d be cool.