Shaquille O'Neal represents everybody who misses Kobe Bryant right now. It's been exactly five months since Bryant left this world after a fatal helicopter crash where he, his daughter and seven other people died in Calabasas. Kobe is and will be very missed by fans and all the people that love him; this is a big loss for everybody.
HollywoodLife interviewed O'Neal, where he remembered his first title with Kobe 20 years ago. They were great together, taking the Lakers to be the last team to three-peat in the NBA, even though things fell apart between them later. Following the 2020 ESPYS, HL talked with Shaq, who reacted to a Kobe tribute by ESPN and Snoop Dogg.
“I miss young fella, that’s what I used to call him. But, those memories will always be there, our names will always be attached to one another,” he said in the interview. “Kobe was stolen from us too early,” he said.
After spending the first years of his career with the Orlando Magic, Shaq went to Los Angeles to team up with Kobe, becoming the biggest duo in the league at the time. They did a lot of great things together and although their relationship in the Lakers didn't end well, they recovered that friendship and came back to be great friends.
After Kobe's death, Shaq said he felt he lost a little brother; that's how much Kobe meant for him. This loss won't stop hurting everybody; as Shaq said, Kobe was stolen from this world way too soon.