Stephen A. Smith Believes Kobe Bryant Was More Skilled Than Shaquille O'Neal: "In Terms Of Best From A Skilled Perspective... I Look At Kobe Bryant His Teammate."

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Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant's partnership has forever cemented them as one of the best duos of all time. The two had elite chemistry with one another, and their exploits resulted in a three-peat for the Los Angeles Lakers. There is no question that the Los Angeles Lakers would have had the opportunity to win more if the two didn't end up separating from one another.

There has always been a debate on who is the better player among the two. While Shaquille O'Neal is widely viewed as the more dominant player (3 Finals MVP awards), Stephen A. Smith presented the argument that Kobe Bryant was a more skilled player. (3:00)

Shaq deferred to Kobe in the fourth quarter of course, Shaq deferred to Kobe at the free throw line. Shaq even though he could defend especially, if you challenged him he’d shut you up real quick that’s not something he really really had to do.

When I’m looking at Shaq overall and I’m thinking from a skill set, the man was 7-1, 330 pounds, he walked around with, he was mobile, he was agile, his footwork was big time….. At the end of the day, when you have a teammate the likes of Kobe bean Bryant, I’m sorry I don’t feel that way.

Shaq is unstoppable the most dominant force other than Wilt Chamberlain we have ever seen in the history of basketball. In terms of the best from a skilled perspective I mean, I look at Tim Duncan and I look at Kobe Bryant his teammate.

There is no question that Shaquille O'Neal was one of the most dominant centers that we've seen, destroying opponents with his athleticism. He may not have been as skilled as other players, but that doesn't mean that he was any worse as a player, and his impact on the Los Angeles Lakers was undeniable.