Kobe Bryant “Always” reminds Shaq of two NBA titles won without him
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant won two NBA championships after Shaquille O’Neal left the teams back in 2004, while Shaq won a title himself after leaving LA. With that said, Kobe recently told reporters that he reminds O’Neal every chance he gets about the difference in the number of NBA titles.
“I always remind him every time I see him. I saw him after the All-Star Game and said, ‘How you doing, ‘Four’?’ He said, ‘Oh, you [expletive].’ [Our relationship is] really good now. We have such a mutual respect for each other.”
Bryant feels that parting ways Shaq in 2004 was “inevitable.” After O’Neal left and joined the Miami Heat, Kobe admits that he had become obsessed with winning NBA titles without the big man.
When Kobe Bryant was asked what if he would have ended up being the player to leave the LA Lakers instead of Shaq, he said,
“I would have went some place else and won more championships. That’s how driven I was. I was just that obsessed about winning without him. Everything was about that. I was obsessive about it and there was nothing that was going to get in my way.”