Shaq Reveals Saddest Mistake With Kobe Bryant

Shaquille O’ Neal and the late NBA star Kobe Bryant shared an infamous beef. However, Shaq and Kobe famously reconciled their dispute later on in their lives. They both donned the Los Angeles Lakers jersey together for eight years. It was a partnership that resulted in three titles out of four trips to the NBA Finals. Shaq eventually decided to part ways with Lakers.


The Lakers would trade away O’Neal to the Miami Heat after the 2004 season and turn the team over completely to Kobe. While the franchise would eventually build itself back up with Bryant as the leader and would win two more championships in 2009 and 2010, it still feels like the Kobe-Shaq duo could have accomplished much more.

Shaquille O’ Neal believes he should have stayed with Lakers

But now, years later, O’Neal believes he should have taken less money and turned the team over to Bryant, via Alpha Inspiration:

“The reason I was traded, it wasn’t about me and Kobe’s beef it was cuz they wanted me to take less money. I’m not doin that… I got money, I had money. I just should’ve been like alright, I raised you enough it’s your team now. I know what I’ma do I’m still gonna do my 28 and 10, but I was like nah, I want $150 [million].”

Kobe Bryant’s tragic demise took a toll on Shaquille O’Neal and he still admittedly struggles with it. While Kobe’s passing changed some things, they spoke about one another candidly a fair few times in interviews. It’s no secret that Kobe Bryant thought Shaquille O’Neal should have been working harder. Kobe’s work ethic inspired a whole generation of stars but Shaq operated differently

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