It is no secret that former teammates Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant did not always get along during their storied relationship.
However, O’Neal appears to be fond of the NBA-championship-caliber chemistry that he and Bryant had during their time together, according to a couple of tweets that were posted on Twitter.com.
The tweets were posted on Jan. 25 by Mike Bresnahan, a Los Angeles Lakers beat writer. O’Neal talks about the positive outcomes of playing with Bryant in Los Angeles. Bresnahan’s first tweet reads as follows:
Shaq said he wouldn’t change his relationship with Kobe as teammates: “What, three out of four isn’t working? Pretty good to me.”
O’Neal, of course, is talking about the fact that he and Bryant made four trips to the NBA Finals together, winning three of them. The duo led the Lakers to a three-peat championship run in the early 2000s. They defeated the Indiana Pacers in the 2000 NBA Finals, the Philadelphia 76ers in the 2001 NBA Finals and the New Jersey Nets in the 2002 NBA Finals.
Their fourth and final trip to the NBA Finals as teammates came in 2004. That year, the Lakers did not win the championship; they fell to the Detroit Pistons. O’Neal parted ways with the Lakers soon after that; Bryant, of course, stuck around.
O’Neal also reflects on the ways he and Bryant used to elevate each other’s level of play. He credits his success in Los Angeles to being able to compete at a high level alongside another superstar. Bresnahan’s second tweet reads as follows:
Shaq on winning three championships in four trips to Finals with Kobe: “We just had to find certain ways to push each other and it worked.”
O’Neal played for the Lakers from 1996 to 2004. He received seven All-Star selections during that time span. He also became a one-time NBA MVP and three-time NBA Finals MVP while wearing purple and gold.
Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal was born on March 6, 1972 in Newark, N.J. He played college basketball at Louisiana State University. He was selected No. 1 overall by the Orlando Magic in the 1992 NBA Draft. He is a four-time NBA champion. He is 43 years old.