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Kobe Bryant says it’s all good with Shaq now, the feud is over

Feb 13, 2013, 1:14 PM EDT

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Shaquille O’Neal was led out of Staples Center in handcuffs Tuesday night.

But that was by security guard Will Ferrell as part of a joke. A few years ago you might have thought Kobe Bryant would have ordered Shaq’s removal — their relationship was still frosty and competitive going back to their days as teammates. Remember when Kobe won his fifth ring and was asked if it was good to be ahead of Shaq on that count he could barely contain his excitement.

Now though, they are friends. Seriously. They’ve moved on from their Hatfields and McCoys feud.

They talked before the game and Kobe talked about their relationship afterward with Dave McMenamin of

“It was good to see him,” Bryant said after O’Neal sat in courtside seats for the Lakers’ 91-85 win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday. “I had a chance to kind of catch up with him a little bit after the [Miami] Heat game here at Staples [on Jan. 17], and tonight we got a couple good laughs, a couple good inside jokes…

“Shaq and I have a really, really good relationship now,” Bryant said of the 15-time All-Star with whom he teamed to capture three straight NBA championships from 2000 to ’02. “It’s good. I think it’s a good lesson for all of us.”

Good for them. That feud ran deep, and it was real. But as a friend recently reminded me, if you are ever on the side arguing against forgiveness you are just stalling for time because you are on the losing side. As we mature, we (usually) let the petty things go and focus on what matters.

The three rings matter a whole lot more to Kobe and Shaq now than who was the man back in the day or what someone said while doing a freestyle rap.

Of course, Kobe’s teammate Dwight Howard probably didn’t see Shaq’s appearance as a fun chance to walk down memory lane. O’Neal has blasted Howard’s toughness on TNT and just about everywhere else.

Howard’s really going to love when they retire Shaq’s jersey later this season.

  1. rodge1 - Feb 13, 2013 at 1:27 PM

    That’s a nice story… Sure hope those 2 can fade away together soon too.

  2. southbeachtalent - Feb 13, 2013 at 2:04 PM

    Once a snitch always a snitch..

  3. mogogo1 - Feb 13, 2013 at 2:31 PM

    Of course it’s all good with Shaq now… Kobe’s gotten a look at the other side. For all the past gripes about Shaq’s conditioning, he usually was able to play (and play very well) which hasn’t been the case with Howard this season.

    And as for Howard’s not looking forward to them retiring Shaq’s jersey, that’s his own fault. The dude specifically said he never wanted to go to LA to avoid the appearance that his whole career was just following in Shaq’s footsteps. He should have listened to himself.

    • 24thesho - Feb 14, 2013 at 6:20 AM

      Howard couldn’t follow Shaq’s career even with a built in navagational system.

  4. addict2sport - Feb 13, 2013 at 3:17 PM

    Too bad they waited until now to learn a lesson and get along. Would have been nice to see how big of a run they really could have made on rings. A

  5. bux1022 - Feb 13, 2013 at 3:44 PM

    Kobe is being Kobe…he hates Dwight more.. Shaq can’t stand the fake “superman”.. The enemy of his enemy is now his buddy!!

  6. badintent - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:13 AM

    In other news, Dr.Phil announced Kobe will attend how to behave like a grown up classes.

  7. 00maltliquor - Feb 14, 2013 at 1:49 AM

    Tell me how my a $ $ taste!

  8. tannethrill - Feb 14, 2013 at 8:22 AM

    Too bad Kobe couldn’t mind his own business before he destroyed their team.

    I guess that spending some time with Bynum and Howard have shown Kobe how much he didn’t appreciate Shaq.

    I’ll give Shaw this much, the guy seemed to try and play through pain. I can remember him missing some time with a tow injury which to most sounds weak but for a guy that size it’s huge. Point being I remember him toughing through those injuries until he couldn’t take it anymore.

    The Lakers are a mess that need some serious evaluation by a profession and not the son of an LA icon.

    Mrs. Jackson should fight for control of her father’s franchise and put her husband in charge.

  9. omniusprime - Feb 14, 2013 at 8:50 AM

    Too bad that Kobe was too immature to appreciated Shaq when they were teammates winning championships. It was really stupid of Kobe to be envious of Shaq being The Man. I’m sure that now Kobe wishes Shaq could come back to replace Howard who seems to be a lame duck.

    Of course the most important thing is to get rid of Dumbtoni, the worst coach in Laker history. Plus get rid of Trash Nash and Steve Flake so we can get a really good young point guard. We can only hope that Daddy Buss wakes up and fires his worthless devil spawn Jerky Boy Jimmy. Jeanie Buss would do a much better job, she always has. Plus she married this Jackson fella who seems to know a thing or two about winning championships.

    Fire Dumbtoni!!! Trade Trash Nash!!! Trade Steve Flake!!! Get Well Soon Pau!!!

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