If you often search for news about basketball players, you may know clearly the special relationship between two famous superstars whose names are Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant in LA Lakers. Recently, an interesting book has been published by a well-known writer known as Jeff Pearlman. It referred to detailed information about the time LA Lakers had a successful basketball season with three championships. Besides, that was also the moment between two players that happened which made almost all spectators around the world surprised.
Looking back to the summer in 1999 when Kobe Bryant appeared as a potential basketball player, he was admired by many sports lovers thanks to the great effort as well as experienced skills. He continuously won various competitions and was expected to be the same version as Michael Jordan. Shaquille O’Neal was very opposite to Bryant because he had bad behavior with women at that time. The incident was also the main reason that led to his unsuccess.
O’Neal admitted that he was jealous of Bryant’s talent and it finally revealed in the 1999 lockout off the NBA. To make a remarkable performance, all players had to practice carefully in order to get used to some activities, Shaq and Kobe were not an exception. They had a chance to compete with each other in Southwest College where players of Lakers often play. Shaq continuously had faults while playing which made Bryant feel dissatisfied: “ I feel very tired of playing with you Shaq. Please take it seriously and make a valuable performance.”
Both two players couldn’t pay attention to the match due to their own problems. The operator of this game decided to go on playing but only after a few minutes, the hatches didn’t have any signs to calm down. Shaq made all spectators feel surprised when he slapped into Bryant’s face. According to some players, Shaq didn’t control his temper and had violence with his teammate.
“ I know that people may feel confused about our actions at that time, but I think that was the biggest chance for us to understand each other.” Shaq realized that Bryant’s determination was one of the most impressive things and their relationship becomes the most memorable moment in the NBA.