Shaq and Kobe won three titles and dominated as teammates with the Lakers, but their often contentious run abruptly ended when Shaq was traded to Miami before the 2005 season.
The years that followed were filled with a beef that was magnified by the media glare, and stubborn alpha nature of both men, but after years apart, the two Laker legends sat down for an extended conversation during All-Star Weekend.
They talked candidly about everything from their first fight, to how their break up unfolded. Shaq even apologized to Kobe for how he treated him following their split.
Here are some of the notable moments:
Shaq apologized to Kobe for how he treated him during their relationship. There was no crying like Magic/Isaiah make up sesh. Still, this has been a long time coming.
Shaq apologizes to Kobe for the way he treated him. pic.twitter.com/U1JiCBuRlZ
— Ƒunhouse (@BackAftaThis) February 18, 2018
Shaq gave the inside story of how he found out he was being shopped by then Laker GM Mitch Kupchak. He was not happy upon learning the news and was stopped by security when he showed up at the Laker facility to have a face to face with Kupchak.
Kobe revealed that he was house shopping in Chicago and prepared to head to the Bulls to become the unquestioned man. He was more ready to get out of town than people realized.
— NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) February 18, 2018
The two recalled their first fight that went down in a pick up game during the lockout season in ’98-99 season.
The first time Kobe & Shaq had a fight pic.twitter.com/owpydyIZVX
— What A Drag… (@__RichForever__) February 18, 2018
Kobe accepted responsibility for the 2004 Finals loss to the Pistons. Both agree they should have easily won their 4th title. It turned out to be their last chance at a ring, together.
Shaq believes LA should’ve ‘easily’ won that series. pic.twitter.com/2JSTweYrWG
— Def Pen Hoops (@DefPenHoops) February 18, 2018
Kobe revealed his favorite moment from their time together came when the Lakers mooned Kings fans from the team bus after beating Sacramento in Game 7 of the 2002 Western Conference Finals. Kobe said he was glad it was before cell phone video was a thing. Good point.
Shaq and Kobe reminisce about mooning Kings fans 😂 pic.twitter.com/vOvFXvY6qo
— Jordan Heck (@JordanHeckFF) February 18, 2018