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Shaq to Kobe: "I don't compete with little guards"

Sep 27, 2010, 10:41 AM EDT

Thumbnail image for Thumbnail image for Shaq and Kobe.jpgThey are older and a little less petulant, but don’t think the Shaq v. Kobe rivalry is dead.

In his post Game 7 press conference last June, Kobe Bryant was quick to say last year that “I got one more (ring) than Shaq.” That rivalry still matters to him (Kobe uses everything for motivation).

Shaquille O’Neal responded at

“My first thought [after hearing that] was, ‘Well, I guess I’m still relevant,'” O’Neal said. “Kobe is still thinking about me, I guess. I’m still someone to be measured against.

“But I don’t compete with little guards. I don’t compete with little guys who run around dominating the ball, throwing up 30 shots a night — like D-Wade, Kobe.

“Now if Tim Duncan said it, I’d be pissed. He’s the only guy I’m competing with. If Tim Duncan gets five rings, then that gives some writer the chance to say ‘Duncan is the best,’ and I can’t have that.”

Shaq has a real shot at another ring this season. So does Kobe. Wade’s got a ways to go, but he was at the heart of moves this summer to put himself in this conversation as well.

Duncan, well, he may not get any more rings but when it comes to being classy about it he’ll outpace them all. Easily.

  1. rodolfo r. legrama - Sep 27, 2010 at 11:32 AM

    with the way the lakers played last season i’m pretty sure they can depend their title not to mention the additional players they
    have signed.lakers have also the luxury of having a genius tactician.

  2. cuzzenbud - Sep 27, 2010 at 12:54 PM

    This back and forth between Shaq and Kobe has gotten stale. Shaq is no longer relevant and Kobe is nothing more than a MJ wanna be!

  3. cuzzenbud - Sep 27, 2010 at 12:59 PM

    Could someone please tell Shaq to lay off the haterade!

  4. hoytdadd - Sep 27, 2010 at 3:34 PM

    shaq must have forgoting about his little free style after winning the championship with the heat, cause at that moment he sure sounded like he was competing with kobe for championships!!!

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