Shaquille O’Neal told KTLA today that former teammate Kobe Bryant is “probably the greatest Laker of all time.” The former Most Valuable Player was appearing on the station’s morning show to promote his book, “Shaq Uncut.”
“Based on what he’s done, he’s probably the greatest Laker of all time,’” O’Neal said on KTLA Monday . “If he gets another championship, he’ll tie with Kareem. That will put him up there.”
“It’s a different kind of great,” O’Neal said of Bryant compared to himself. “He had the skills to be an all-around player. I’m just a big man so I just do big-man stuff. I’m just in the big-man category.”
Excerpts of O’Neal’s book that were previously released revealed some less kind words about Bryant. One specific excerpt, which was shared by Deadspin, claims that Bryant’s sexual assault charge blew apart the Lakers dynasty of the late 1990’s and early 2000’s. Other released excerpts of the book have called out how the Cleveland Cavaliers dealt with LeBron James, and claimed that Boston Celtics forward Glen Davis is a selfish player.
Together Bryant and O’Neal helped the Lakers win three consecutive NBA titles from 2000-2002. The rift between the two forced Los Angeles to choose between the two superstars and the Lakers sent the 32-year-old O’Neal to the Miami Heat before the 2004-05 season.