The two – despite some friendly moments – have still continued to throw minor barbs at each other over the years and Bryant continued the war of words recently during a feature in the New Yorker.
The Los Angeles Lakers great opened up on a handful of subjects, including his tenure with Shaq where he says O’Neal’s laziness drove him crazy.
Kobe on Shaq in the @NewYorker: “It used to drive me crazy that he was so lazy.” More Kobe on Shaq: “You got to have the responsibility of working every single day. You can’t skate through sh–.”
While Shaq may not have had the work ethic of Bryant, he was still the league’s most dominating big man for a near decade stretch and was vital to the Lakers success, just as much as Bryant.
The two may never be friends, but they made one hell of a tandem – irritated with each other or not.