Kobe and Shaq
Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal shared the court with great success. The Lakers duo struck fear into the hearts of teams across the NBA. They won championships and made All-Star appearances but that’s not the full story. The pair had a tense relationship that provided the basis for one of the NBA’s long-term dramas (via People).
It’s fair to say that they disliked each other intensely during their heyday. Bryant’s rise threatened ‘Shaq’s’ status in the team and he responded in kind. O’Neal dominated until his inevitable decline and he joined the Magic. Then Bryant became the league’s top player. However, the pair’s relationship mellowed and Shaq had an emotional reaction to his former teammate’s death.