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Kobe Bryant smacks Shaquille O’Neal around. Again.

Sep 29, 2011, 2:23 PM EDT

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This horse is dead, but we’re going to give it one more swift kick.

Turns out, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal don’t really like each other. Who knew? And if you think all the bitterness from those days is gone, you weren’t listening to Italian radio yesterday.

Neither were we, but someone with Sportando was. Kobe is out on a Nike-fueled tour of Italy right now and in a radio interview he was asked what was his issue with Shaq:

“I like players who work out. I used to do that 6-7 hours per day. I cannot stand players who practice for 30 minutes. I need to say something to them”.

We knew that. Kobe has always had the crazy work ethic and Shaq balanced his work and play, leaning more toward the later. Phil Jackson stepped into that and made it hard on Kobe because he had to — that was Shaq’s locker room, Shaq’s team. Side with Kobe and Phil loses Shaq, side with Shaq and Kobe is more motivated. Phil is smart all the way around the block. He knew what to do.

Kobe, however, was not all that forgiving of Shaq. Stunning.

  1. rajbais - Sep 29, 2011 at 3:09 PM

    Shaq never got criticized enough because he brought too much endorsement-related cash to TV networks!!!

    I like him too, but the critics were always harsh on Kobe, but never Shaq during their years together in L.A.

    • moniquelatay - Dec 16, 2011 at 4:09 PM

      Exactly, everyone hates on Kobe, but never on Shaq. Kobe is a Great player, his LOVE for the game of basketball and not ashame to show it. I think others do it for attention and money. I have a son that LOVE his football and it’s in the heart, so I know how kobe feels win they loose, my son have done the same thing, getting frustrated and may I say he also cries when they loose. But as a Mother I tell him that he can’t win all by himself and it’s all in team effort. kobe is a GREAT and will be a all time favorite of NBA Basketball, and a person I will always admire. and may I say this and I will leave it alone, to me he is Better than Michael Jordan…..LMAO

  2. goforthanddie - Sep 29, 2011 at 3:15 PM

    I guess it never occured to Kobe maybe his routine is a tad excessive? Hell, I don’t want to watch porn and eat pizza for 7 straight hours!

  3. mogogo1 - Sep 29, 2011 at 4:58 PM

    No arguing that Shaq was never the hardest worker ever, but Kobe’s complaints are petty given the timeframe he’s referring to. Shaq was at his absolute peak when he played with Kobe, right up until he battled some injuries the last couple years with the Lakers. When the Lakers won 3 straight championships from 2000-03 Shaq averaged right at 30 points a game, shooting 57% from the field, while playing 36-40 minutes a game. He was playing amazing basketball at that time no matter whether he was working out 10 minutes a day or 10 hours a day. It takes a lot of moxie (or some revisionist history) to look at those years and complain Shaq’s work ethic was hurting him or the team.

    • southernpatriots - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:10 PM

      You wrote accurately. We love Shaq. We love what he has done for LSU. We only wish he could have curbed his libido and kept his family. It is a shame that so much pressure as well as so much temptation is experienced by elite athletes.

    • urodaddy07 - Sep 29, 2011 at 5:38 PM

      Imagine what his scoring average would have been if he had bothered to work out. Also he may have been healthier later in his career. He was way too heavy for too much of his career.

      • mogogo1 - Sep 29, 2011 at 6:51 PM

        Totally agree about his weight. But that wasn’t really an issue when he played with Kobe. His free throw shooting probably could have improved with more work…though he hit his peak for that during his time with the Lakers, as well.

        The main reason they didn’t get along is they both wanted to be Top Dog. That is indisputable. But Kobe now wants us to believe he was secretly wishing Shaq would have been even better and had an even stronger hold over the team? Sure, Kobe, whatever you say…

      • Sigaba - Jan 16, 2012 at 5:43 PM

        Is a “what if” analysis fair?

        While I wish Shaq had taken his fitness level more seriously and I believe that he would have been a better defender–especially on the pick and roll–and been more productive in the twilight of his career, there is no way to know that more time in the weight room would have helped.

  4. dannomac21 - Sep 29, 2011 at 6:12 PM

    he only said it because shaq doesnt fit inside kobe’s new signature car.

  5. seinejane - Sep 29, 2011 at 6:34 PM

    Wow…Will you be having more cheese with that whine, Mr. Bryant?

    It seems Kobe’s forgetten that before becoming the NBA’s post-MJ marketing solution, he stood alone as selfish prima donna, who despite his raw “talents”, demanded playing time over teammates who demonstrated far better court sense and overall team skills than he could be bothered with to learn or develop.

    It’s comical that he can speak to Shaq’s work ethic, when the Kobe-era Laker championships can be attributed more to “supporting cast” players like Shaq, Robert Horry, Derek Fisher–even Brian Shaw–all of whom played hard onboth ends of the court–DURING the games. Whereas Bryant can never be accused of that.

    But we shouldn’t blame Kobe for his inflated view of himself. It isn’t all his fault. He’s a marketing creation used to fill a void. A pitiful homage to a player who rightfully changed the game of basketball. He was devised for a generation more tuned into highlight reels than the nuances of the game or actual statistics.

    The upside is–who cares what Kobe thinks about Shaq? The clock ran out on that game a while back. And if he needs to feel relevant, let him talk. The NBA game has shifted back to hard-working, naturally talented, exciting players like Dwayne Wade and Kevin Durant, so I have to wonder who’s actually listening.

    • mytthor - Sep 30, 2011 at 2:22 PM

      What? Just…WHAT!!??!

      So Brian Shaw had more hand in the Lakers championships than Kobe Bryant? And Kobe doesn’t play hard on defense, like SHAQ DOES? Oh, wait. You mentioned DURING games. So your take on it is that Kobe works hard on defense during practice but not the game? And he unfairly stole the playing time of who, Eddie Jones? And he’s not hard-working and naturally talented.


      As to who cares what he thinks of Shaq — my guess would be the interviewer who asked the question.

  6. thetooloftools - Dec 3, 2011 at 1:31 AM

    Did Kobe talk about his “finishing move” ?
    Yea… I’ll bet not.

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