“They Don’t Want the Future Generations to Know”: NBA World Goes Rogue Over Major Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant News

Published 11/22/2022, 11:55 PM 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)

Shaq’s life is arguably like a movie script, with surprising twists and turns. However, Shaquille O’Neal will soon be seen in the leading role of his career-spanning docuseries ‘Shaq’. And if the NBA world had to pick one person with whom he had a very strong yet dramatic relationship, it would be Kobe Bryant. And his role in the film would be a visual treat for the fans to witness. From teammates, rivals, and then to best friends. However, the Bryant family has reportedly requested that Kobe’s role in the film be reduced, and this news is driving NBA fans bonkers on Twitter.

Shaq was almost unstoppable during his prime, winning three consecutive rings with the Los Angeles Lakers from 2000 to 2003. Standing by him was none other than Kobe Bryant. And the world assumes that Kobe Bryant will play yet another large role in the film. But the Bryant family has requested the creators to reduce the amount of Kobe’s screentime.


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The LakersDaily.com covered an interview with Robert Alexander, the director of the film. Alexander said that they will definitely look at the Bryant family’s request. And it didn’t take long for this news to go viral on Twitter. As one of the fans said, “They don’t want the future generations to know that Shaq carried Kobe.” 

Here are some of the reactions from NBA Twitter:

“But to be transparent, we also got to a point where we had a certain amount of their story in the film,” Alexander said. “Kobe’s family essentially requested that we reduce the amount of Kobe we have in the film.” 

Shaquille O’Neal on Kobe Bryant’s death

26th January 2020, left a big hole in the entire NBA world’s hearts as they lost the ‘Black Mamba’. One of the most affected by his death was Shaquille O’Neal. Shaq got a flood of calls saying Kobe is no more. Firstly Shaq thought that it is some sick joke until he saw the news.

Shaq said, “I haven’t felt a pain that sharp in a while.” He added, “I lost a little brother.” 


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The one thing that Shaq said he regrets is not keeping in more regular contact with his former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant. Shaq said “I’ll never get to see Kobe again, in real life, forever. And I just should have called. He should have called. We both should have called. But he’s working, I’m working, so it’s, ‘I’ll see you when I see you.'” 

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The NBA world will get to know more about their unique bond in the upcoming film.

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Ritesh Jha

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Ritesh Jha is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He is currently pursuing his Bachelor's in Technology in Computer Science from Rungta College. Ritesh worked as an intern content writer for a digital marketing agency called KCAS Branding before joining EssentiallySports.

Edited By: Veer Badani