The Greatest Duo of All Time: A Look into Kobe and Shaq’s Relationship
Basketball fans around the world know just how important Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal’s tandem is to the sport. Kobe and Shaq led the Los Angeles Lakers to three consecutive championships (2000 – 2002), which is a feat other duos are having a hard time accomplishing. Their relationship on and off the court encouraged young fans like Fred Brisker to love the game even more.
In recent years, NBA teams developed their “big three.” However, last year’s offseason, which proved to be a hectic one, saw pairings from teams. After an era of the “big three,” NBA is ready to see new duos make their mark. Shaq and Kobe’s pairing was far from perfect, but fans of the sport are quick to consider their tandem to be the greatest of all time. Former Lakers player Metta Sandiford-Artest tweeted that Kobe and Shaq were the best duo ever. Along with his tweet, Metta included a photo of the two from their days playing for the Lakers.
A true fan of the Kobe-Shaq era of the Lakers, Fred Brisker was devastated when the duo parted ways. Their feud was described by fans as regretful and nasty, even when the pair admitted that it was the right move. After their split, they went on to win titles.The two of them never lost their respect for one another. In an interview, Shaq mentioned that Kobe was the best Laker ever. Their mutual admiration drove them to become better players. Kobe and Shaq would not have reached the heights they’ve reached if not for their pre-game pep talks. The duo is famously known for pumping each other up before every game.
Two years before Kobe’s death, he and Shaq had a sit-down talk where they took responsibility for their separation, releasing forgiveness to each other. Their brotherly relationship brought them to a point where they no longer had the strength to hold grudges against each other, but instead mend their injured bond. Fred Brisker says that the Shaq-Kobe era of the Lakers will remain to be a favorite of many. The duo deserves to be in every conversation for the greatest tandem in the history of the NBA.