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Shaq on Kobe: "I only compete with the big guys"

Aug 29, 2010, 9:00 PM EDT

Shaquille O’Neal versus Kobe Bryant has become one of the most popular feuds in the NBA. Because they are former teammates and due to the rap disses and press conference disses and general bad blood, it’s natural to wonder how O’Neal feels about Kobe having five rings to his four. O’Neal, though says that he competes with guys his size, and that if, say, Tim Duncan were to get five, that would bother him more. 

  1. sexy rexy - Aug 29, 2010 at 10:11 PM

    don’t think you can call Kareem, Wilt, Bill Russell, Duncan skanks, and yea Shaq is sort of a punk for this statement, but it is a valid statement. Kobe > Shaq though

  2. harold - Aug 29, 2010 at 10:12 PM

    Shaq is just never out of nifty quotes. I do believe that Timmy having more than him will bother him more, but that doesn’t mean Kobe having one more does not bother him.

  3. Salty - Aug 30, 2010 at 2:10 AM

    It matters if you are a Laker fan.Shaq left the Lakers because he could’nt get the money he wanted.But the lakers were tired of his antics and his lazy ass defence. Kobe has time to aquire more rings. Shaq is done.Kobe is a superstar while shaq is just big and loud.

  4. Bill-Sonora - Aug 30, 2010 at 2:19 AM

    Actually, he left the Lakers because he demanded a trade after hearing that Mitch Kupchak said that Kobe Bryant was their no. 1 priority. His pride was TOO big and wanted to be the No 1 on the team instead of the Lakers being a TEAM. I remember it well.

  5. metalandganja - Aug 30, 2010 at 9:52 AM

    just reason numbers 1, 2, and 3 to cheer for a spurs championship this season — simply to piss shaq off. =D

  6. LBC Phil - Aug 30, 2010 at 11:49 AM

    B.S. I still remember Shaq on stage rapping to Kobe about “how’s my @ss taste.” Apparently Shaq doesn’t like that taste now. Its patehetic of Shaq to pretend to take the high road now after he is on the losing end of the ring race.

  7. Actually... - Aug 30, 2010 at 12:13 PM

    …that’s not true. The Lakers wanted to invest in Kobe, and it was more about pride than anything else. After they imploded in the finals, partly because of a lack of team chemistry revolving around who the true go-to guy was–but maybe more because they were competing against a better team, at least with Malone hurt–it seemed inevitable they would part ways. People forget now who sided with whom, but Phil Jackson leaving the Lakers to write a book scathing Kobe for his selfishness and immaturity speaks for itself in ways a lot of fans now forget. Shaq got his other ring and Kobe got his other rings, but they would each have a few more if they had the maturity then to accept things as they were. At different times–depending on how their respective teams have done–they have taken turns being heroes or goats. Before the Pau trade, most diehard Lakers fans I know were getting sick of hearing Kobe bitch. Two rings later, he’s a hero again. That’s how it works.
    Agree with LBC Phil. Shaq only competes with the bigs now, but he made a point to let everyone know he was competing directly with Kobe when Shaq was still up on the ring count.

  8. jblakers42 - Aug 30, 2010 at 1:11 PM

    when SHAQ won his 4th title in MIAMI back in 2006 (which the last two games of that series he was ineffective, giving up most of his starters minutes to ALONZO MOURNING)…SHAQ thought he got the upperhand on KOBE, but he really didn’t because the very next season, THE HEAT were swept in the 1st round against the CHICAGO BULLS, and they were the defending champions…
    meanwhile, KOBE, I don’t believe he really ever considered leaving the LAKERS, but just used his leverage and went public to the media in order for management to improve the team, and best believe, the great players in the past have done the same thing, but players like MAGIC (the greatest point guard ever) and BIRD (the greatest small forward ever) never had to go to that extent because they had championship caliber talent throughout the course of their careers.
    KOBE tied SHAQ and surpassed him
    so while SHAQ may have won “the battle”
    KOBE won the “WAR” and still has a shot to tie alpha and omega of the league (JORDAN) w/this years LAKER team which is stronger w/a much improved bench…..

  9. Dick - Aug 30, 2010 at 10:37 PM

    Lets all face it, Shaq is a pretty stupid guy. That is the difference. Kobe has improved and matured a trillion times over. Old Shaq is still well, the kid Shaq mentally. There has been no mental growth in his entire career. He is even more of an idiot now because he can’t back anything up anymore.

  10. Anonymous - Aug 31, 2010 at 12:32 AM

    u are fukin funny dude!!! ROFFL

  11. El_Topo - Aug 31, 2010 at 2:23 AM

    Remember, Kobe also went on his “trade me” rampage because an anonymous “Laker Insider” came out publicly saying that it was Kobe’s fault they traded Shaq and that he demanded Shaq to be traded. Kobe was tired for taking the blame, and this time directly from a Laker insider, and wanted some changes.

  12. Anonymous - Aug 31, 2010 at 12:40 PM

    yes shaq is whatever but the big guy is smart to go to boston and win one more and retire with the celtics come on now dont be too jealous

  13. Anonymous - Aug 31, 2010 at 12:53 PM

    the nba sucks now i hate it there is noone i want to see ,,, maybe boston but thats it the finals last year was a joke the refs blew so many call each way
    and tht to protect kobe like they did come on
    the nba is over it we have only lebron and kobe to save it …

  14. tmel173 - Sep 22, 2010 at 1:36 PM

    I dont know why people get so worked up about this. Shaq is an entertainer and Kobe is a Baller. The 2 of them can make even more fortune off the field if they work together with the need for entertainment like this.

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