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Last Updated: September 2, 2019

The Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal Feud Continues Years and Years after their Individually Dominant Playing Days

Introduction

Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, also known as the dynamic duo of Kobe and Shaq, haven’t played together since the 2003-2004 NBA season, but they have recently brought back old memories by the two exchanging words with each other and like old times not in a very nice way either.

Bryant and O’Neal were both considered to still be in their primes in 2004 when Shaq was traded from the Los Angeles Lakers to the Miami Heat. This move came after the two superstar players won three NBA Finals championships together (2000, 2001, 2002).

Both of them had very big egos, and they often butted heads while sharing the court in Los Angeles with the Lakers. O’Neal thought Bryant was too selfish with the ball and that he took to many shots, while Bryant thought Shaq didn’t have a strong enough work ethic and he lacked competitive spirit while playing basketball.

After they parted ways in the NBA both won additional championships. Bryant won the NBA Finals in 2009 and 2010 with a new look Los Angeles team that was very good but not as dominant as the Laker team when Shaq was there. O’Neal won the NBA Finals with Dwayne Wade and the Miami Heat in 2006. Both are all-time great NBA players and are legendary for what they were able to accomplish both together as well as individually.

Heated Media Statements Between the Players

"He'd be the greatest of all time, for sure," says Bryant. "He'd be the first to tell you that. This guy was a force like I have never seen. It was crazy. A guy at that size, generally guys at that size are a little timid and they don't want to be tall, they don't want to be big.

"Man, this dude was, he did not care. He was mean. He was nasty. He was competitive. He was vindictive. He was ... yeah, I wish he was in the gym. I would have had f---ing 12 rings."

"U woulda had twelve if you passed the ball more especially in the finals against the pistons #facts," O'Neal replied.

O'Neal goes on to say: "You don't get statues by not working hard"

Kobe Tweeted: “There is no beef with @SHAQ I know most media want to see it but it ain’t gonna happen. Ain’t nothin but love there and we too old to beef anyway #3peat”

Shaq Tweeted back: It’s all good bro, when I saw the interview, I thought you were talking about Dwite, is that how u spell his name lol”

Overall these two Hall of Fame caliber NBA players have created a historic and legendary feud that seems to be timeless. The two do both generally feed off of each other. To truly appreciate their outstanding achievements, take a look at the career statistics listed below.

Bryant’s Per Game Stats

Season Tm G GS MP FG FG% 3P 3P% 2P 2P% FT FT% TRB AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1996-97 LAL 71 6 15.5 2.5 0.417 0.7 0.375 1.8 0.437 1.9 0.819 1.9 1.3 0.7 0.3 1.6 1.4 7.6
1997-98 LAL 79 1 26 4.9 0.428 0.9 0.341 4 0.456 4.6 0.794 3.1 2.5 0.9 0.5 2 2.3 15.4
1998-99 LAL 50 50 37.9 7.2 0.465 0.5 0.267 6.7 0.494 4.9 0.839 5.3 3.8 1.4 1 3.1 3.1 19.9
1999-00 LAL 66 62 38.2 8.4 0.468 0.7 0.319 7.7 0.489 5 0.821 6.3 4.9 1.6 0.9 2.8 3.3 22.5
2000-01 LAL 68 68 40.9 10.3 0.464 0.9 0.305 9.4 0.489 7 0.853 5.9 5 1.7 0.6 3.2 3.3 28.5
2001-02 LAL 80 80 38.3 9.4 0.469 0.4 0.25 9 0.489 6.1 0.829 5.5 5.5 1.5 0.4 2.8 2.9 25.2
2002-03 LAL 82 82 41.5 10.6 0.451 1.5 0.383 9.1 0.465 7.3 0.843 6.9 5.9 2.2 0.8 3.5 2.7 30
2003-04 LAL 65 64 37.6 7.9 0.438 1.1 0.327 6.8 0.463 7 0.852 5.5 5.1 1.7 0.4 2.6 2.7 24
2004-05 LAL 66 66 40.7 8.7 0.433 2 0.339 6.7 0.472 8.2 0.816 5.9 6 1.3 0.8 4.1 2.6 27.6
2005-06 LAL 80 80 41 12.2 0.45 2.3 0.347 10 0.482 8.7 0.85 5.3 4.5 1.8 0.4 3.1 2.9 35.4
2006-07 LAL 77 77 40.8 10.6 0.463 1.8 0.344 8.8 0.497 8.7 0.868 5.7 5.4 1.4 0.5 3.3 2.7 31.6
2007-08 LAL 82 82 38.9 9.5 0.459 1.8 0.361 7.6 0.49 7.6 0.84 6.3 5.4 1.8 0.5 3.1 2.8 28.3
2008-09 LAL 82 82 36.1 9.8 0.467 1.4 0.351 8.3 0.496 5.9 0.856 5.2 4.9 1.5 0.5 2.6 2.3 26.8
2009-10 LAL 73 73 38.8 9.8 0.456 1.4 0.329 8.5 0.487 6 0.811 5.4 5 1.5 0.3 3.2 2.6 27
2010-11 LAL 82 82 33.9 9 0.451 1.4 0.323 7.6 0.487 5.9 0.828 5.1 4.7 1.2 0.1 3 2.1 25.3
2011-12 LAL 58 58 38.5 9.9 0.43 1.5 0.303 8.4 0.464 6.6 0.845 5.4 4.6 1.2 0.3 3.5 1.8 27.9
2012-13 LAL 78 78 38.6 9.5 0.463 1.7 0.324 7.8 0.51 6.7 0.839 5.6 6 1.4 0.3 3.7 2.2 27.3
2013-14 LAL 6 6 29.5 5.2 0.425 0.5 0.188 4.7 0.491 3 0.857 4.3 6.3 1.2 0.2 5.7 1.5 13.8
2014-15 LAL 35 35 34.5 7.6 0.373 1.5 0.293 6.1 0.401 5.6 0.813 5.7 5.6 1.3 0.2 3.7 1.9 22.3
2015-16 LAL 66 66 28.2 6 0.358 2 0.285 4 0.41 3.5 0.826 3.7 2.8 0.9 0.2 2 1.7 17.6
Career   1346 1198 36.1 8.7 0.447 1.4 0.329 7.3 0.479 6.2 0.837 5.2 4.7 1.4 0.5 3 2.5 25

O’Neal’s Per Game Stats

Season Tm   G   GS   MP FG FG% 3P 3P% 2P 2P% FT FT% ORB DRB   TRB   AST STL BLK TOV PF PTS
1992-93 ORL   81   81   37.9 9 0.562 0 0 9 0.563 5.3 0.592 4.2 9.6   13.9   1.9 0.7 3.5 3.8 4 23.4
1993-94 ORL   81   81   39.8 11.8 0.599 0 0 11.8 0.6 5.8 0.554 4.7 8.5   13.2   2.4 0.9 2.9 2.7 3.5 29.3
1994-95 ORL   79   79   37 11.8 0.583 0 0 11.8 0.585 5.8 0.533 4.2 7.3   11.4   2.7 0.9 2.4 2.6 3.3 29.3
1995-96 ORL   54   52   36 11 0.573 0 0.5 10.9 0.573 4.6 0.487 3.4 7.7   11   2.9 0.6 2.1 2.9 3.6 26.6
1996-97 LAL   51   51   38.1 10.8 0.557 0 0 10.8 0.559 4.5 0.484 3.8 8.7   12.5   3.1 0.9 2.9 2.9 3.5 26.2
1997-98   LAL   60   57   36.3 11.2 0.584 0   11.2 0.584 6 0.527 3.5 7.9   11.4 2.4 0.7 2.4 2.9 3.2 28.3
1998-99   LAL   49   49   34.8 10.4 0.576 0 0 10.4 0.577 5.5 0.54 3.8 6.9   10.7 2.3 0.7 1.7 2.5 3.2 26.3
1999-00   LAL   79   79   40 12.1 0.574 0 0 12.1 0.575 5.5 0.524 4.3 9.4   13.6 3.8 0.5 3 2.8 3.2 29.7
2000-01   LAL   74   74   39.5 11 0.572 0 0 11 0.573 6.7 0.513 3.9 8.8   12.7 3.7 0.6 2.8 2.9 3.5 28.7
2001-02   LAL   67   66   36.1 10.6 0.579 0 0 10.6 0.58 5.9 0.555 3.5 7.2   10.7 3 0.6 2 2.6 3 27.2
2002-03   LAL   67   66   37.8 10.4 0.574 0   10.4 0.574 6.7 0.622 3.9 7.2   11.1 3.1 0.6 2.4 2.9 3.4 27.5
2003-04   LAL   67   67   36.8 8.3 0.584 0   8.3 0.584 4.9 0.49 3.7 7.8   11.5 2.9 0.5 2.5 2.9 3.4 21.5
2004-05   MIA   73   73   34.1 9 0.601 0   9 0.601 4.8 0.461 3.5 6.9   10.4 2.7 0.5 2.3 2.8 3.6 22.9
2005-06   MIA   59   58   30.6 8.1 0.6 0   8.1 0.6 3.7 0.469 2.9 6.3   9.2 1.9 0.4 1.8 2.8 3.9 20
2006-07   MIA   40   39   28.4 7.1 0.591 0   7.1 0.591 3.1 0.422 2.4 5   7.4 2 0.2 1.4 2.4 3.5 17.3
2007-08   TOT   61   61   28.7 5.4 0.593 0   5.4 0.593 2.8 0.503 2.7 6.4   9.1 1.5 0.5 1.4 3 3.7 13.6
2007-08   MIA   33   33   28.6 5.8 0.581 0   5.8 0.581 2.7 0.494 3 4.8   7.8 1.4 0.6 1.6 3 4.1 14.2
2007-08   PHO   28   28   28.7 5 0.611 0   5 0.611 2.9 0.513 2.4 8.2   10.6 1.7 0.5 1.2 3 3.4 12.9
2008-09   PHO   75   75   30 6.8 0.609 0 0 6.8 0.61 4.1 0.595 2.5 5.9   8.4 1.7 0.7 1.4 2.2 3.4 17.8
2009-10   CLE   53   53   23.4 4.9 0.566 0 0 4.9 0.567 2.1 0.496 1.8 4.9   6.7 1.5 0.3 1.2 2 3.2 12
2010-11   BOS   37   36   20.3 3.6 0.667 0   3.6 0.667 2 0.557 1.3 3.5   4.8 0.7 0.4 1.1 1.5 3.2 9.2
Career       1207   1197   34.7 9.4 0.582 0 0.045 9.4 0.583 4.9 0.527 3.5 7.4   10.9 2.5 0.6 2.3 2.7 3.4 23.7
                                                     
8 seasons   LAL   514   509   37.6 10.6 0.575 0 0 10.6 0.576 5.8 0.533 3.8 8   11.8 3.1 0.6 2.5 2.8 3.3 27
4 seasons   ORL   295   293   37.8 10.9 0.581 0 0.091 10.9 0.582 5.4 0.546 4.2 8.3   12.5 2.4 0.8 2.8 3 3.6 27.2
4 seasons   MIA   205   203   31.1 7.9 0.596 0   7.9 0.596 3.8 0.46 3 6   9.1 2.1 0.4 1.9 2.8 3.7 19.6
2 seasons   PHO   103   103   29.7 6.3 0.609 0 0 6.3 0.61 3.8 0.576 2.5 6.6   9 1.7 0.6 1.4 2.4 3.4 16.5
1 season   CLE   53   53   23.4 4.9 0.566 0 0 4.9 0.567 2.1 0.496 1.8 4.9   6.7 1.5 0.3 1.2 2 3.2 12
1 season   BOS   37   36   20.3 3.6 0.667 0   3.6 0.667 2 0.557 1.3 3.5   4.8 0.7 0.4 1.1 1.5 3.2 9.2

Sources:

“Kobe: 'Nothin but love' for Shaq after drama”, Ohm Youngmisuk, espn.com, August 28, 2019.

“Kobe Bryant”, basketball-reference.com, August 28, 2019.

“Shaquille O’Neal”, basketball-reference.com, August 28, 2019.


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