Skip to main content

Shaquille O'Neal Got The Crowd To Go Quiet Before Starting A Kobe Bryant Chant Outside Staples Center

When Mariah Carey Welcomed Michael Jordan To The Stage At His Last All-Star Game In 2003

Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant always had a very tense relationship during their time together in Los Angeles. Their first meeting in 1996 was at a very different time, and Shaq admitted he didn't even know he who was until they met for the first time. But over the years, they built a dominant partnership.

They found incredible success in the early 2000s, winning 3 consecutive NBA championships together, and established themselves as one of the greatest duos of all time.

But as time went on, cracks started to form in their relationship. Kobe felt that Shaq wasn't working as hard as he should, and thought that he could reach a level even higher than what he was at the time. And Shaq felt that Kobe's comments were unwarranted, given how much success he was already having.

The relationship fell apart in 2004 after the Lakers lost in the NBA Finals to the Detroit Pistons. Shaq left the Lakers to go join the Miami Heat, and the Lakers kept Kobe, believing him to be the more reliable star to build their team around. Both Shaq and Kobe would go on to win championships without each other.

The relationship between the two got a lot stronger when they were both retired. Upon hearing of Kobe's passing, Shaq was very upset and vowed to carry his memory on with him forever. And he does so every chance he gets, including doing so outside the former Staples Center.

Around the time of a Lakers game, Shaq walked out to greet the crowd outside the arena. He was able to quiet the excited crowd and began instructing them to chant 'Kobe' at the top of their lungs. It was a nice gesture, from one Lakers legend to another, paying his respect to his former teammate.

As they both walked away from the game, Kobe and Shaq mended fences and reconciled with each other. Shaq famously told Kobe on the day of his last game that he wanted him to score 50 points, and Kobe went over and above Shaq's request to score 60 points on his farewell game.

Shaq has been more complementary of Kobe in recent years, even agreeing on his presence on the greatest team of all time alongside himself, Michael Jordan, and LeBron James

On top of that, he has reiterated time and time again that there will never be another player like him in the future. And it's hard to disagree with Shaq on this subject, given just how much of an impact Kobe has had on the sport of basketball.