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He won 3 championships with Kobe in LA, Shaquille's words about Bryant's statue

By James Brown

He won 3 championships with Kobe in LA, Shaquille's words about Bryant's statue

Lakers legend Shaquille O'Neal has opened up about his former teammate Kobe ahead of Bryant's statute unveiling later today

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Shaquille O'Neal is a beloved Lakers icon and without him and Kobe Bryant, the team wouldn't had the 3 in a row championships title they got between 2000 and 2002. Shaq has taken his time to remember one of his best teammates as today the LA Lakers organization will be unveiling a statue in honor of the late purple and gold legend Kobe Bryant.

“Obviously it’s well deserved,” O’Neal said of Bryant’s statue. “I’m always bragging about how many rings I’ve got – definitely couldn’t have gotten the three that I’ve got without him.”

O’Neal also spoke about the perceived “beef” he and Bryant had during their careers, downplaying how big it was. He simply said he and Bryant were “two alpha males” who were “challenging each other.”

“I’m honored to have played with him,” O’Neal continued. “I’m glad to have helped him win. And I’m glad he helped me win those championships. Listen, this is a no-brainer. You definitely gotta have a Magic Johnson statue, a Shaq statue, a Kobe statue. And I’m happy for him, his wife, his daughters. I’m happy for his mother, his father, and his two sisters. So, again, it’s a no-brainer. We knew he’s gon’ get his jerseys retired, and you knew it was gon’ be a Kobe statue.”

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