Sooner or later, will have to have “Shaq Watch” category… I’m kidding. Seriously. I am. Anywho, here’s a few quotes from the article…
L.A. Times: O’Neal had nothing but high praise, for the Lakers and for Bryant.
“They are the best team,” O’Neal said. “They are 9-1. They are playing pretty good. Kobe is playing excellent ball, keeping everybody involved. He’s got a lot of shooters around. They are a very dangerous team. . . . They are probably the best team in the West right now.”
When asked if that’s how he wished Bryant had played when the two were teammates, O’Neal wanted no part of that question.
Instead, O’Neal talked about how impressive Bryant was.
“He’s playing excellent ball,” O’Neal said. “I can’t say anything bad about him now.”
O’Neal stopped and smiled.
He recalled how the Lakers seemingly always were in turmoil when he played there, how he and Bryant bickered, how Lakers Coach Phil Jackson kept an eye on the situation while it brewed.
“All the stuff we went through, it didn’t really matter,” O’Neal said. “We won.”
The Lakers have a new, young center in Andrew Bynum, who had 10 points and seven rebounds in 21 minutes.
O’Neal said Bynum is playing like a 7-footer should.
“He does what he’s supposed to do,” O’Neal said. “He catches it, keeps it up high and throws it down. He’s bigger, a lot stronger. He’s not really the first, second or third option. He just gets lobs, gets rebounds. He does what he’s supposed to do as a 7-footer.”