NBA Fans Go Berserk As Epic Kobe Bryant Taunting Shaquille O’Neal Video Resurfaces

Published 11/21/2021, 8:30 AM EST
Lakers Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal sit on the bench with foul trouble against the Timberwolves in Game 6 of the Western Conference Finals at Staples Center Monday. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


After Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul Jabbar, the Lakers found their next most dominant duo in Kobe and Shaq. However, only true NBA fans know that Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal were not always the closest of friends. And one of the reasons for that could be that Shaq went and joined their rivals, the Boston Celtics.

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However, this enmity gave the NBA one of its most iconic stare-downs in its history. Footage of that iconic stare-down has now resurfaced on the internet. Evidently, NBA fans are still hyped about this iconic duo and their footprint on the league’s history.

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NBA fans react to insane Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal footage

Were Kobe and Shaq always friends?

While most Lakers fans remember this iconic duo for their three-peat from 2001 to 2003. However, these two did not always share the same chemistry as they showed on the court. There’s a reason they traded Shaq to the Heat. However, it is uncertain that Kobe had any role in that.

(GERMANY OUT) Shaquille O’Neal Basketballspieler Miami Heat; USA: neben Kobe Bryant (l., Los Angeles Lakers) (Photo by Pressefoto Ulmerullstein bild via Getty Images)

Nevertheless, one thing that was certain was that these two did not always share a good relationship. As professionals, they might have reconciled later and even personally, but it’s like how they say “You forgive but do you ever forget?”. According to LakersNation, in 2003, Bryant was upset at O’Neal for not attempting to reach out during his legal troubles, stating that Shaq was “supposed to be my friend.”

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However, they eventually came to terms with that and Shaq even admitted that he regrets leaving the Lakers. After the unfortunate death of Kobe Bryant in 2020, the entire NBA community was distraught.

Did Shaq’s son receive the last text message from Kobe?

Shareef O’Neal, Shaquille O’Neal’s son, received a text message from Kobe Bryant the morning of his death. O’Neal was mentored by the now-retired NBA legend. The SMS was simply a check-in message inquiring about his well-being.

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O’Neal responded, but never heard back. He later found out Bryant had died in a helicopter crash. Bryant’s death broke Shaq’s heart, and he offered a moving address during Kobe’s memorial service in Los Angeles. Shaq called his old teammate a “little brother” in that emotional address. Clearly, we have come way past that beef.

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Chaitanya Dadhwal

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Chaitanya Dadhwal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. Even though his journalism is driven by his desire to understand both sides of an argument and give a neutral perspective, he is biased towards Houston Rockets and Arsenal, and he has shown exactly how loyal he can be through tough times. Currently a Law student at Jindal Global Law School, he aims to have his own sports management firm one day and enjoys rap music during his time off.

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