Shaquille O’Neal brought some change in the mood of an emotional night at Staples Center. People gathered inside the Staples Center for the memorial service in honor of Kobe Bryant, his daughter Gianna, and seven others who lost their lives in a helicopter crash last month.
Kobe and Shaq had formed an impressive partnership during their time together at the Los Angeles Lakers. They were teammates for eight years between 1996 and 2004 before they separated due to a feud. During their time together, they achieved a three-peat that no other team has managed since then.
“Kobe and I pushed one another to play some of the greatest basketball of all time and I am proud that no other team has accomplished what the three-peat Lakers have done since the Kobe and Shaq Lakers,” he said speaking at the memorial service. “You were taken away from us way too soon.”
The one and only Shaq reflects on his time spent with Kobe and the Bryant family. pic.twitter.com/0Ef0gguwIm
— Los Angeles Lakers (@Lakers) February 25, 2020
Shaquille O’Neal tells funny Kobe Bryant story
During his speech, Shaq talked about a time when their teammates complained that Kobe Bryant was not passing the ball. Shaquille said that he went to talk to Kobe.
“I said, ‘There’s no I in team,’ and he said, ‘Yeah, but there’s a M-E in motherfucker,’” Shaq said when the crowd burst into laughter.
This moment here!!🤣🤣🤣🤬🙏🏾@SHAQ always knows how to bring the funny when it’s most needed. And he provided a moment of levity in the staples center and for everyone watching!! He made the family laugh!!! #KobeFarewell pic.twitter.com/m9DqsgvqJn
— Holly Robinson Peete (@hollyrpeete) February 25, 2020
Apart from Shaq, another NBA Hall of Famer Michael Jordan also spoke about Kobe at the memorial service.