Kobe Bryant Ignored as Shaquille O’Neal Names Forgotten NBA Legend as His Favorite Teammate: “I Call Him Daddy”

Published 05/10/2022, 7:30 PM EDT
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)

Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant are one of the best duos in the history of the NBA. They helped the Lakers with a three-peat from 2000 to 2002. During their time together as teammates, they had their flare-ups as well. And it is quite usual in a team setup where two NBA superstars have to co-exist.

But they had patched up their friendship and remained very close friends until the sad demise of Kobe Bryant.


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In the recent episode ‘The Big AMA’ from ‘The Big Podcast with SHAQ’, Nischelle asked Shaq who was his favorite teammate. And O’Neal said “Dennis Scott.”

A puzzled Nischelle asked for the reason. And Shaq said, “Because he taught me how to be an NBA man. Like, he taught me the ins and outs of being an NBA man and the dos and don’ts. Taught me everything I need to know.”

“What to look out for and who to look out for. Like when you go to cities, certain names, “Stay away, don’t do this, don’t do that” Taught me everything. So I call him daddy.” 


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Shaquille reiterated that he calls him ‘Big Daddy’ because he taught him everything. The fans who were expecting Shaq to say Kobe as his favorite player must have been disappointed.

Shaquille O’Neal’s worst teammate

When asked who his worst teammate was, Shaq said that it was Dennis Rodman. He said that Rodman was a great player, but he made it hard for others. The Big Diesel said that the coaches would let him do whatever he wanted. 

He said that when others were asked to come an hour before a game, Dennis would only show up 15 minutes before. Shaq also revealed that when the coach was talking to the team before the game, Rodman would be taking a shower.

But Shaquille O’Neal admitted that Dennis would still have a great game with 15 points and 20 rebounds.

Who is Dennis Scott?

Dennis Scott played in the NBA for 9 years. He played for Georgia Tech from 1987 to 1990. He was the ACC Men’s Basketball Player of the Year in 1990. Then the Orlando Magic selected Dennis Scott as the third pick in the 1990 NBA draft.


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The Magic then drafted in Shaquille O’Neal in 1992 and like Shaq said Dennis must have helped him to settle in the NBA. As a young guy coming to the NBA from school or college, one would need some guidance until they find their feet. And it looks like Dennis helped Shaq who is very grateful. 

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And Scott played for the Magic till 1997, and Shaq had moved to the Lakers the previous year.

During his time in the NBA, Dennis Scott averaged 12.9 points, 2.8 rebounds, and 2.1 assists per game in 629 games.



Bagavathi Eswaran

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Bagavathi Eswaran is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has been playing the game of basketball for more than 20 years now and has also been following the NBA for more than 10 years. After not being able to go pro, this former college player decided to join the IT industry.