The best of Shaq vs. Kobe

Well it is the summer time, Shaq’s latest “Kobe rap” is still making its rounds in the media, and FoxSports has written up a pretty accurate article on these two history. Some moments still creep up to my memory and get me all riled up. Either way, check it out…

Fox Sports: Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant have maintained one of the most childish personal rivalries in all of sports, going back and forth like teenage girls for most of this decade.

Their relationship started out well enough, with Shaq playing the big-brother role when Bryant arrived straight from high school in 1996. But as Kobe blossomed into a superstar, a massive rift formed.

The flare-ups have been memorable — and occasional lyrical, as we saw with Shaq’s rap performance Sunday, courtesy of the ever-vigilant TMZ.

Here are the top 10 highlights of this fabulous feud.

1. Two wills, one basketball
While winning three consecutive NBA titles in Los Angeles, O’Neal and Bryant kept their differences largely under control. But when the Lakers opened the 2002-03 season in a serious funk, the tension became palpable.

Bryant questioned Shaq’s commitment to conditioning given the big fella’s excessive weight and chronic foot injuries. In turn, O’Neal regarded Kobe as a shot hog.

“I’m just going to play within the flow of the game,” Bryant said at the time. “If people want to criticize that, they’re going to criticize that.”

(At least these two agreed on one thing that year: They weren’t to blame for the team’s demise. That fell on the team’s ineffective role players. Looking at you, Samaki Walker.)

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  • http://myspace.com/sonicussj Whatsa

    I guess they can settle it on the court where it actually matters in the upcoming season :).

  • gugy

    Fu ck Shaq.
    Seriously, who cares?
    Shaq is old and he is not on a team that will have power to win the Western Conference.
    We should be more excite about playing Utah, NO and Spurs than worry about the Suns.
    Shaq is just mad because the only way he can be on the spotlight is when he talk trash about Kobe. Sad ending for his great career.

  • e

    shaq is being childish..but u know i see kobe being the bigger man and doing something that shaq never did before…keep his mouth shut to something that is stupid

  • Nocturnal Dream

    Shaq has brought success to teams he has played on… temporally. And before goes and messes up the team, he makes some of their best players leave (cough, cough Nick Van Exel cough, cough)

  • TLN

    Season opener lakers vs suns ????
    that sound good to me….

  • http://ld2k.com LD2k

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    I like it – but Kobe may still be recovering from his soon-to-have hand surgery.

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    will look to trade Luke Walton, possibly with Chris Mihm to balance salaries. They re-sign Sasha Vujacic to a $22 million contract over five years. They also keep Ronny Turiaf for three years at $9.5 million. Guess who else returns at a discount? That’s right . . . Kwame Brown. Lamar Odom is on the team opening night, starting at small forward.