Shaq and Kobe will forever be remembered as one of the most dominant duos in NBA history. During their era, the Los Angeles Lakers won three championships and even though that is already considered as a tremendous success, there was still this underlying notion that they both underachieved when you consider the circumstances.
The Lakers found themselves in a situation where they had to get rid of one of their superstar players and it was Shaq, which resulted in a feud between the two players that lasted for years until the buried their war hatchest.
One of the main reasons why Kobe couldn't stand Shaq was the lack of work he would put in during the offseason, which frustrated Kobe who is known as a workaholic and perfectionist. In a recent interview for the SiriusXM Sports radio, Kobe shared more insight into the whole topic when asked if this is one of the things he and Shaq worked out after their relationship broke apart.
That he admitted that he should have been working out more in the offseason. It drove me crazy. Absolutely drove me crazy when he said that. He said, "No listen, I felt like I didn't have to really work that much in the offseason because I knew you were training 8 hours per day". I said man, listen man. That is the biggest crock of you-know-what. Right? Because we could have run the table potentially, right. If he was training as much as he should have been in the offseason. I think that is the part that brought peace but also pissed me off at the same time.
Kobe said he took it personally when people actually bought into the notion he was carried by Shaq for the majority of the time, but when in reality basketball is a team sport and each of them gave their contributions to the team. Shaq, on one hand, was unstoppable down in the post, while Kobe was a vicious scorer and at that time a really good defender.
Well yeah. Yeah. Little competitive, but I mean that was the narrative, Kobe is a sidekick. Can't win without Shaq. RIght? And I didn't hear anybody - not Phil Jackson, not Shaq, come out and say "Well that is not true. He could". I didn't hear that. Everybody was quiet, and I was like Ok, ok. This is the challenge. This is what we're talking about right now.