“Shaq and Kobe”: Angel Reese Sends a Candid Birthday Wish to Her Favorite LSU Teammate in Front of 2.6 Million People

Published 11/04/2023, 6:24 AM EDT

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Angel Reese is a nightmare for her opponents. However, she is an amazing friend as well. Recently, she has proved this by posting an Instagram story wishing her favorite teammate on her birthday. Apparently, the star forward and the talented guard of the LSU Tigers are unstoppable when they come to the court together, just like Shaq and Kobe. However, the salt & pepper of the LSU Tigers are also good buddies.

Reese makes it clear how much she values Flau’jae Johnson’s friendship. Both the Lady Tigers have had a memorable journey together as teammates and as friends last year. The Bayou Barbie reflected on the connection she shared with Johnson in her heart-warming gesture.

Let’s keep winning“: Angel Reese wishes her friend


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Angel Reese’s teammate and guard for LSU Tigers has just finished celebrating her 20th birthday on 3rd November. While the party must have definitely been something special for the No.2 of the LSU Tigers, there was another surprise for her. Angel Reese posted a series of photos on her Instagram stories of the two Lady Tigers. Following this, she also added a TikTok video showing their time together till now. Further, the background song “Open Arms by SZA ft. Travis Scott” said it all about what she feels about their strong bond.


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If all this wasn’t enough, the NCAA Tournament Most Outstanding Player added a personalized touch with a beautiful caption: “Happy Birthday to my dawg! Salt & pepper! Shaq & Kobe! You family FOREVER! Let’s keep winning, getting rich, and having fun together! Enjoyyyyy BIG 4 Never THE LITTLE!”

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Apart from this bonhomie, Angel and Flau’jae’ bond has set the court afire with their epic championship-winning performance.

The journey of Flau’jae Johnson so far


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Surprisingly, Flau’jae’s first sport was not basketball. She played as a pitcher for her baseball team in her earlier life. But later, she played basketball in high school. The high school retired her number with Flau’jae being the all-time leading scorer there.

Following her career in basketball, she became the Most Valuable Player in the Jordan Brand Classic. She also won the McDonald’s All-American in 2022. Subsequently, she entered her freshman year with the LSU Tigers in 2022 as their shooting guard. Furthermore, in the Southeastern Conference, she was named Freshman of the Year.


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Both Angel Reese and Flau’jae Johnson are getting ready for their next NCAA season with the LSU Tigers. Fans will be hoping to witness their amazing chemistry on the court once again.


Written by:

Shahryar Fazal


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Shahryar Fazal is an NBA writer at EssentiallySports. He has a Postgraduate degree in Political Science after schooling from Anselm’s, Ajmer. As a collegiate, he had submitted multiple articles to the TOI-Ajmer sports section, covering current sports events.
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Bilal Handoo