Shaquille O'Neal is the most dominant player in NBA history. Shaq was an absolute beast, who got whatever he wanted. But it wouldn't be a stretch to say that Shaq wouldn't have found the success he had without his teammates. Shaq got the chance to play with some incredible players like Penny Hardaway and Kobe Bryant. But Shaq recently admitted his arrogance got in the way of those relationships.
In a recent interview, Shaquille O'Neal admitted that his attitude was a big part of why his relationships with Penny Hardaway and Kobe Bryant fell apart. He admitted that it was a mistake on his end and that his unwillingness to work on things kept him from having a long and fruitful relationship with both players as teammates. He noted that along with his divorce, those are his three big regrets.
The multi-hyphenate businessman, sports show host and philanthropist also admitted his narcissism caused his relationships with two great teammates – first Penny Hardaway in Orlando and then Kobe Bryant in Los Angeles – to erode.
“Big mistake in the Penny relationship. Big mistake in the Kobe relationship... I was arrogant, I was dumb, but sometimes when you do a lot of stuff you don’t wanna work at stuff. Those [are] the only three major regrets that I have.”
Shaq did open up about his divorce, and how his own attitude and lifestyle ended up leaving him very lonely. An emotional yet mature Shaq admitted his own mistakes and noted that he should have done more from his end to try and salvage his relationship with his family.
O'Neal has made an effort to give back to the community, something he has built upon after learning from his mistakes. O'Neal is one of the most philanthropic players in NBA history. Shaq once bought a mother a few laptops for her children, one of the many philanthropic acts he has done since. But Shaq does think about the way his career could have gone if he had put in a little more effort off the court.