If there is a man that will always be connected to Kobe, it’s Shaquille O’Neal. They ruled the NBA together, had their ups and downs, and a dramatic fall out. More than anything else, they were two alphas that never found a dynamic to keep both of them happy. They’ve been through a lot and came out stronger. So it’s no surprise how Shaq is doing right now.
“I’m not doing well. I’m sick. I’m just getting over the death of my sister… I haven’t been sleeping after Ayesha’s death. Not thinking just about the good times, but the times when I could’ve done something. I could’ve said something, or could’ve loved her more, or could’ve showed more support. The same thing hit when I found out this news.”Shaquille O’Neal, The Big Podcast with Shaq
Shaq was working out with his son Shaqir when his other son showed him the news. Shaq immediately said, ‘Get that sh** out of my face.’ and told his son that can’t be; it’s for sure fake news. When his phone exploded with phone calls, he switched from “It’s not true” to “Please don’t be true.” When the confirmation came, it was too much. Shaq said he hasn’t eaten or slept since.
“I know some idiot will bring up the relationship thatShaquille O’Neal, The Big Podcast with Shaq
meand Kobe had. Our relationship was that of brothers.”
Shaq stressed how much they loved each other’s families. Kobe was tweeting to check up on Shaq’s son hours before the accident. They were family. When their careers ended, and the competitive edge wore off, they got closer than ever. What pains Shaq the most is that Kobe didn’t live to get into the Hall of Fame. His one regret is that he didn’t communicate more with Kobe and let him know how much Kobe meant to him.
”I’m all about being hard and all that. But after yesterday, I’m gonna have to delete my beef and confrontation clause. I don’t want to do that anymore. I guess I’ll call all people I have discrepancies with, just say ‘Look man, I love you.‘”Shaquille O’Neal, The Big Podcast with Shaq
This tragedy made Shaq decide to express his love to those he cares about more profoundly and be more forgiving to those around him. That famous alley up isn’t the greatest assist from Kobe to Shaq anymore. We have a chance to get that same assist – call people, tell them you care, see the good in them. Life is fragile.