Shaquille O誰eal hits Kobe below the belt in the jersey retiring interview
These talks may result in a Shaq and a Kobe saga, still the relationship between the two is still unclear as when we look at the latest quotes on the Lakers jersey being retired.
ESPN’s reported Arash markazi commented on Shaq’s thoughts by saying:
“O’Neal, who was in Los Angeles this weekend to host the Cartoon Network Hall of Game Awards, says he continues to watch the Lakers regularly after retiring in June and enjoyed watching Kobe Bryant pass him for fifth on the NBA all-time scoring list earlier this season. He did say, however, he should have been much higher on the list but injuries and an inability to hit his free throws held him back.”
“Kobe’s one of those athletes like Michael Jordan and Karl Malone that doesn’t miss a lot of games because of injury,” O’Neal said. “I missed 250 games and I averaged 24 points per game so that’s 6,000 points and I missed 5,000 free throws so I could have easily been at No. 2. Kobe’s never really hurt and he shoots a lot so good for him.”
It is not clear whether these enemies who were initially friends actually do ever let up on each together.
Shaquille O’Neal definitely knows that Kobe is a gifted player but the man did single that out by saying that his career would be better off, if he had been in better health and could have improved his free throws then things might be different right now.
“Kobe’s one of those athletes like Michael Jordan and Karl Malone that doesn’t miss a lot of games because of injury.”
Kobe, you're one of the best ever.*
“I missed 250 games and I averaged 24 points per game so that’s 6,000 points and I missed 5,000 free throws so I could have easily been at No. 2.
“And by best ever I mean that you still wouldn't be better than me if two major factors in my career were different. If I was healthy and could actually shoot free throws, I would totally destroy you.”
"Kobe’s never really hurt and he shoots a lot so good for him.”
“Oh, and by the way...You're a ball hog.”
When considering all these thoughts than it is clear to us that it’s just smiles on the outside and something completely different on the inside, these two are now known to take every shot at each other as they possibly can but still, maybe that is what always happens in such a duo.
Still the fact is that Shaquille O’Neal is playing the "shoulda, coulda, woulda" card and undermining Kobe right now.
It’s almost childish, false and unprofessional but still both players seem to care less about all of this.