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Happy “Regularly-Scheduled-NBA-Season-Eve” Laker Nation!

Here in internet-land, it’s been a day overflowing with feuds. Most obviously, we have the on-going lockout feud, where both the owners and players would rather lose $400 million than concede about half of that (which, of course, makes no sense).

Next up, and threatening to blow up the internet this morning, we have the Kardashian feud, where Kim, a sex-tape diva (and the artist responsible for recording the worst song of all time) filed for divorce from Kris, a mediocre NBA player for the lowly New Jersey Nets.

Wait… why do we care about this again?

Finally, we have the resurfacing of the Shaq vs. Kobe feud, an almost decade-long quarrel that ripped apart one of the greatest duos in NBA history. In Shaq’s new autobiography, Shaq Uncut: My Story, the Diesel shares his take on the feud, how it all got started and, well, quite a bit more:

On how the feud began:

“Kobe runs right out to Jim Gray and does this interview where he lets me have it. He said I was fat and out of shape. He said I was milking my toe injury for more time off, and the injury wasn’t even that serious. (Yeah, right. It only ended my damn career.) He said I was “lobbying for a contract extension when we have two Hall of Famers playing pretty much for free.” I’m sitting there watching this interview and I’m gonna explode. Hours earlier we had just promised our coach we’d stop. It was a truce broken. I let the guys know, “I’m going to kill him.”

On Kobe confronting him about Colorado:

Kobe stands up and goes face-to-face with me and says, “You always said you’re my big brother, you’d do anything for me, and then this Colorado thing happens and you never even called me.” I did call him. … So here we are now, and we find out he really was hurt that we didn’t stand behind him. That was something new. I didn’t think he gave a rat’s ass about us either way. “Well, I thought you’d publicly support me, at least,” Kobe said. “You’re supposed to be my friend.”

On Shaq’s threat to ‘Kill Kobe’:

Brian Shaw chimed in with “Kobe, why would you think that? Shaq had all these parties and you never showed up for any of them. We invited you to dinner on the road and you didn’t come. Shaq invited you to his wedding and you weren’t there. Then you got married and didn’t invite any of us. And now you are in the middle of this problem, this sensitive situation, and now you want all of us to step up for you. We don’t even know you.” Everyone was starting to calm down when I told Kobe, “If you ever say anything like what you said to Jim Gray ever again, I will kill you.”

For more on the story, check out this write up from Deadspin. Shaq’s autobiography, Shaq Uncut: My Story, is set to release on November 15th.

  • Lakerzz4life

    Classic Shaq, his 9999th autobiography. Diva never wants to get out of the spotlight

  • Lakerzz4life

    Classic Shaq, his 9999th autobiography. Diva never wants to get out of the spotlight

    • Crosstrainer81

      bottom line kobe better player than shaq. better work ethic and has more rings then shaq. so kobe gets the last laugh lol : )

      • Coobrz2002

        I agree brother maybe kobi were more into his wife than going to parties i don’t respect no one that takes the game for granted like SHAG did learn free throws stay in shap so you want get hurt all the time like he did

  • lol

    All these autobiographies just stir up trouble to sell copies.



    • pdog

      and 3 of them were handed to him courtesy of Shaq !

      • Rizzle

        without kobe u kno shaq would not have had those rings they were a duo kidd common

        • Greg285

          and likewise! Without Shaq, Kobe would only have 2!! And yes, they were a duo and I fault the Lakers GM for allowing them to separate before it had to end! If Jerry West was the GM, he would have set them both down and said, neither one of you are going to be traded, so you better learn how to play together and get over it! For the Record as a Die Hard Lakers Fan, Shaq was the reason that got those 3 rings as he was the MVP, if I’m correct and was unstoppable during that run. Give Shaq his credit……

      • the dude

        last time I checked, it takes 5 guys to win a ring.  Otherwise, Lebron would have fistful by now.

    • Terracesatmadrona1

      Handed to him? I do believe he had just as much to do with those rings as Shaq did. He didnt ride his way to rings like a Devon George

  • Trevor_estrada

    Kobes still the greatest

  • Rollo43

    fuck the lakers, if shaq wasn’t there i wouldn’t wanted them to win anyway…….

  • Rollo43

    fuck the lakers, if shaq wasn’t there i wouldn’t wanted them to win anyway…….

    • Tshirt

      hater fool rollout off this forum dork. 

  • R.

    who cares … it’s all about the $$.  They both even admitted that they either played up the rivalry, or let it get blown out of proportion in the media.  It’s ‘just’ a business (as we now see, with the problems w/CBA, etc.).  Shaq is done with his bball playing career, and wants to shore up more $$.  He needs another reality show.  “Keeping up with the O’Neals”.  In this episode, Shaq files for divorce from Kobe after only 3 years of championships.

  • Tonichi

    He doesn’t know when to stop … mbut oney will still be pouring into his bank account, so why stop? 

  • Tymas32

    I think Shaqs a girl! Complaining (always) like a bitch… What is his problem. Always mad at Kobe.
    Go find a wife, get fatter, enjoy retirement!

    • Randy

      NOBODY is a bigger bitch than Kobe.

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  • Anonymous

    In what way was Shaq going to kill him?  By sitting on top of him with his big a@@?

  • Anonymous

    Kobe still has one more ring than Shaq.  and I don’t think Shaq could coach his way out of a paper bag.  So no ring there.

    • Randy

      And your point is….?

    • Randy

      I’ve got another question…how many of those rings does Kobe have without Shaq & Gasol? Another teammate he has alienated.

      Answer: 0

      • Bill Walton

        And how many bridges has Shaq burned in his career as an NBA player with his childish grudges?
        Answer:  Orlando, Los Angeles, Miami, Phoenix, Cleveland (Jury still out on Boston).  But oh yeah, Kobe’s the bad guy.  They’re both to blame for that fiasco if you ask me…

  • Hubsnv

    I am now a fan of Shaq.

  • Doug8edwards

    Shaq, get over it, your raps and bad press about Kobe shows that you are resentful.  This resentment weakens you.  Move on, send love instead of hate…best wishes to you, you were one of the best ever!

  • Rocz496

    Who cares.  Theyre all winers that get paid too much.

  • Fernando

    Kobe should  have been Puss in Boots, he is the biggest snatch ever, what a bee-otch, he is no man, just a spoiled  kid  with a penis in his mouth

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  • watchingalongtime

    Gee, who would choose Kobe the ball hog diva over Shaq who was unstoppable by ANYONE in his prime?  Kobe has two rings without Shaq and none if the league doesnt give the Lakers Gasol for nothing.  Kobe was a great PHYSICAL talent with nothing between the ears and absolutely no concept of team play.