Shaquille O’Neal Reveals How Kobe Bryant’s Statue Should Look Like

Published 10/04/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
Los Angeles Lakers Shaquille O’Neal, left, shares a laugh with Kobe Bryant on the bench during a pre–season game against the Los Angeles Clippers at the Arrowhead Pond of Anaheim Thursday, October 23, 2003. (Photo by Allen J. Schaben/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)


Los Angeles Lakers are the last NBA team to manage a three-peat. Curry’s Warriors came close but lost in the Finals. The iconic three-peat won by the Lakers boasted of some of the NBA’s greats. Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant were influential in helping the Lakers win three titles in a row.

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Shaq and Kobe formed an iconic duo on the field. But the duo didn’t have the best of relations off the court at that time. However, after Kobe’s tragic death in 2020, Shaq has always regretted this. He has revealed that he had his utmost respect for Kobe and was distraught when he came to know the tragic news.

Lakers Kobe Bryant bumps chests with Shaquille O’Neal after O’Neal got fouled scoring in the first half during the First Round of the Western Conference Playoffs at Staples Center Sunday April 21, 2002.Trailblazer Damon Stoudamire looks on from the left. Lakers won 95–87. (Photo by Gina Ferazzi/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe had so many iconic moments together, and Shaq has revealed that Kobe is always on his mind. In a recent interview, Shaquille O’Neal gave an idea of how Kobe’s statue should look like.

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Shaquille O’Neal reveals how the statue of Kobe Bryant should look like

Shaquille O’Neal recently appeared for an interview on ‘Real 92.3 LA’. During the interview, he discussed thinking about Kobe Bryant every time. He was also asked how Kobe Bryant’s statue should look like and what iconic moment should it resemble.

To this. Shaq replied: “I mean, he has so many”.

“This was one of his go-to moves. You could probably I would say something like a fade away. Because something like a fade away would probably just go to one of these mini buzzer-beater shots. Maybe that one in Phoenix when they were playing as a Phoenix and he came off and he hit that shot. So maybe, maybe that one.”

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The great Kobe Bryant could have his statue in front of the Staples Center, home of the Lakers. Kobe had so many iconic moments that it is hard to pick just one for his statue. Shaq picked his buzzer-beater vs Phoenix Suns.

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The Lakers were 90-88 down in the last quarter of the 2006 playoffs with just less than 8 secs left on the clock. Kobe sunk a sensational two-pointer to level the score. The Lakers were trailing in the overtime by a point, but Kobe came in clutch again as he hit the game-winning two-pointer. The Lakers won 99-98 and led the series 3-1. However, the Suns made a comeback and won the series 4-3.

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Abhishek Singh

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Abhishek is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports with over two years of journalistic experience with Chase Your Sport and Dribl. A Football Management graduate, he has previously interned in the Indian Super League, I-League and the AFC Champions League. In addition to being a Michael Jordan fan, Abhishek is an ardent Steph Curry and Warriors guy, and believes they have a few more championships in store before the former retires.

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