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Shaquille O'Neal Gets Candid about His Regrets with Kobe Bryant as He Remembers His Friend

Olowokandi Fiyin
Aug 26, 2020
04:00 A.M.

NBA's Shaquille O'Neal recently had a revealing moment that had him reflecting on the life and times of the late Kobe Bryant. O'Neal also talked about their long time feud.

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Basketball legends, Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant were allies in the basketball court, but the duo had their rocky moments.Through their career as NBA stars, the duo often worked hand-in-hand to bring their team victory, but they had their differences.

Following Bryant's passing, O'Neal was quite devastated because he had many things he wanted to tell his co-star and pal. It is worthy to note that he and Bryant were on good terms before the champ's unfortunate death.

Shaquille O'Neal attends the 2019 NBA Awards at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019 in Santa Monica, California | Photo: Getty Images

Shaquille O'Neal attends the 2019 NBA Awards at Barker Hangar on June 24, 2019 in Santa Monica, California | Photo: Getty Images

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In 2015, the NBA duo sat on O'Neal's podcast, where they laid bare all their differences and reminisced on times they worked together. O'Neal, a 7'1" champion, once shared about Kobe:

"You never know what stuff is going to happen. So you shouldn't let stuff linger. "Were we best friends? No. Did we respect the hell out of each other? 1,000%..."

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Some days after the 42-year-old died in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter, Gianna, and nine others, O'Neal was on TNT, where he spoke highly of Bryant.

In their NBA days, Kobe, who would have recently turned 42, and O'Neal, 48, jointly won three out of the four NBA finals they played in.

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Back then, their disagreements bothered around the fact that Bryant disapproved of O'Neal's work ethics while O'Neal criticized the late star's high number of shots.

Life after Bryant's passing had O'Neal, an NBA MVP recipient, erecting a shrine in honor of his late friend. During an interview he said:

"See the shrine I put up in my living room? So I definitely think about them every day, and the world is doing a great job of keeping them alive…"

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Some days after the 42-year-old died in a helicopter crash alongside his daughter, Gianna, and nine others, O'Neal was on TNT, where he spoke highly of Bryant and the lovely relationship between him and O'Neal's kids.

The NBA star turned auxiliary police mentioned that he would always be there for Bryant's Wife, Vanessa, and their kids. When Bryant opened up on his tiff with O'Neal, fans got speculative as to if another feud was brewing.

At the time, the sports star mentioned that O'Neal's forbearing stature and attitude got his disapproval. He later took to social media, where he let fans know that it was all love, and there were no more feuds to come.

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