WATCH: Shaquille O’Neal Couldn’t Help But Share Kobe Bryant’s Wife Vanessa’s Latest Adorable Clip of Daughter Capri

Published 05/08/2022, 12:00 PM EDT

Shaquille O’Neal couldn’t help sharing his former Lakers teammate the late great Kobe Bryant’s 2-year-old daughter Capri’s adorable video on his Instagram stories on Saturday. The video was originally uploaded by Capri’s mother, Vanessa Bryant on her IG page.

Shaq and Kobe had a long and complicated relationship during their time playing for the Los Angeles Lakers(1996-2004). Even after winning three NBA championships in a row from 2000 to 2002, they weren’t the best of friends, to say the least.

Shaq and Kobe’s complicated relationship

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Shaq had a problem with Kobe’s ‘ball-hogging’ habits and lack of passing to teammates as a shooting guard, which he construed as selfishness. Kobe had a problem with Shaq’s work ethic and lack of discipline.

018634.SP.1101.lakers.AR The Los Angeles Lakers Shaquille O’Neal(left) and Kobe Bryant prior to game against Utah at the Staples Center on 11/1/00. (Photo by Anacleto Rapping/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

And they were never shy of being public about their disagreements, which further wedged a rift in the team. They fell out publicly and were never discreet about their criticisms of each other.

However, O’Neal has consistently downplayed their ‘feud’ as a publicity stunt or a ploy to generate media attention and entertain the fans.

Nevertheless, their camaraderie ended when Shaq was traded to Miami by owner Jerry Buss after the Lakers lost the 2004 finals.

NEW ORLEANS, LA. APRIL 28, 2011–Lakers Kobe Bryant is congratulated by fans after defeating the Hornets in game 6 of the NBA playoffs in New Orleans Thursday. (Photo by Wally Skalij/Los Angeles Times via Getty Images)

It is safe to say both players maintained a competitive edge between one another, which is quite natural when two of the greatest players of all time play alongside each other for so long. The clash of egos becomes inevitable.

Shaq after Kobe’s untimely passing

However, things changed drastically after Kobe and his daughter Gianna’s untimely death in a helicopter crash in Calabasas. Naturally, the tragedy took a heavy toll on Shaq. In his eulogy at Kobe’s memorial, Shaq addressed their differences over the years.

And, yes, sometimes like immature kids we argued, we bantered, or insulted each other with off-hand remarks-our feud. But make no mistake“, he said, “when the cameras were turned off, He and I would throw a wink at each other and say, ‘let’s go whoop some a**‘.”

Kobe and I always maintained a deep respect and a love for one another“, he added.

Incidentally, Shaq and Kobe resolved their differences before Kobe’s passing. They shared the court and the MVP trophy in the 2009 All-star game. Kobe appeared on Shaq’s podcast in 2015 to talk about things, and they both sat down for a ‘Players Only’ interview on TNT to revisit past incidents.

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But Shaq still believes he should’ve done more before the two friends would part forever.

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Just know that we got your back lil’ brother. I’ll look after things around here. I’ll be sure to teach Natalia, Bianca, and baby Capri all your moves“, Shaq promised Kobe in his eulogy.

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Satagni Sikder

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Satagni Sikder is an NBA writer for EssentiallySports. He has a Master's degree in English from Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and has been following the NBA since 2017. Moreover, he supports the Dallas Mavericks, and unsurprisingly, Luka Doncic is his favorite player.

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