Shaq and Kobe Expess Regret Over Feud on Upcoming Episode of Shaq’s Podcast
Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant won three championships together with the Lakers from 2000 to 2002. Then they won three more championships after they split up—Shaq won one with the Heat in 2006, and Kobe two more with the Lakers in 2009 and 2010.
How many more championships could Shaq and Kobe have won together, if they hadn’t let their stupid feud get in the way of dominating on the basketball court? It’s a painful question for Lakers fans to ponder, and one to which we’ll never have an answer.
But what do Shaq and Kobe think about it? Do they have any regrets? Well, as it turns out, they do. Kobe joined Shaq on the latest episode of Shaq’s podcast, “The Big Podcast with Shaq,” and both talked about what they wish they had done differently.
The actual podcast won’t be released until Monday. However, ESPN Radio played a clip of the podcast on Wednesday.
Here’s the transcript:
John Kincade: Is there anything, Shaq, that you would like to take back in the give and take over the years?
Shaq: A lot of things, you just played the clip where I said I wanted to be traded. I definitely did not want to leave L.A., but you know that’s how you’ve got to talk when you’re in business, especially when you think you’re in control. Definitely didn’t want to leave L.A. A lot of stuff was said out of the heat of the moment. I guarantee I don’t remember a lot of stuff that they said because I changed my thought process of, you know what we won three out of four, what the hell are you all talking about, this is not really even a story.
Kincade: Anything you want to take back Kobe?
Kobe: Here’s the thing though, when you say it at the time you actually mean it and then when you get older you have more perspective and you’re like holy s—, I was an idiot when I was a kid. To me, the most important thing was really just keep your mouth shut. You don’t need to go to the press with stuff. You keep it internal and we have our arguments and our disagreements, but I think having our debates within the press was something I wish would’ve been avoided, but it did kind of create this whirlwind around us as a team with myself and Shaq and the press and the media that just put so much pressure on us as an organization.
Oh, what might have been..
Hat Tip – [Lakers Nation]