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Shaq Says Kobe Wanted To Be The “Will Smith” Of The NBA In New Book


(AllHipHop News)Snippets of Shaquille O’Neil’s new book recently hit the Internet, and the NBA star revealed some interesting things about his former teammate, Kobe Bryant.

Deadline.com posted excerpts from Shaq’s new autobiography “Shaq Uncut: My Story.”

Portions of the book, which was written along with “Around the Horn” host Jackie MacMullan, detail Shaq’s time on the Los Angeles Lakers, as well as his infamous feud with Kobe Bryant.

Before their relationship became strained, Shaq said that a very young Kobe Bryant predicted that he would dominate the NBA and win multiple championships.

“I’m going to be the number one scorer for the Lakers, I’m going to win five or six championships, and I’m going to be the best player in the game,” Shaq wrote. “I was like, ‘Okay, whatever.’ Then he looked me right in the eye and said, ‘I’m going to be the Will Smith of the NBA.'”

In one portion of the book, Shaq detailed an incident in which he threatened to kill Kobe Bryant, at the height of their feud, during the 2003 – 04 season, when Kobe Bryant was facing rape allegations.

The incident occurred during an argument in the Lakers’ locker room, after both men had promised to stop bashing each other in media interviews.

Shaq said he became extremely upset with Kobe Bryant after he conducted an interview with Jim Gray, in which he claimed the Lakers’ center was milking a toe injury.

“If you ever say anything like what you said to Jim Gray ever again, I will kill you,” said Shaq, who added that he has not spoken to either since the incident.

“Shaq Uncut: My Story” is due in stores nationwide on November 15.

  • YaheardSyndicate

    this is going to be a good book

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  • scullyson

    Them Two Just couldnt see eye to eye Because They both Had Talent and Both Were Not givin the warmest reception into the League. Think about it Shaq use to get double teamed constantly By The likes of C. Barkely,K. Malone, D. Robinson and all them old school cats. Kobe was always getting Baited and trash talked . Ill never forget That Incident where chris Childs hooked Off On Him. LOL But never the less they made history.  Although Shaq didnt break any records with them damn free throws.

  • scullyson

    They Frustrated Shaq On One of them All Star Games too.

  • Diemenz

    i heared he gave kobe props in the book 2 

  • i hate shaq… he’s not funny, hes ashy, and shaunie pwned him

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  • does he talk about shaunie and superhead too? lol

  • R_REAL_TALK

    LOOK YALL  CANT DENY IT BUT YOUR BOY KOBE MUST HAVE BEEN THE ONLY MAN IN HISTORY THAT SPENT MORE THAN 9 MILL IN COURT TO GET SOME WACK A?NAL DOWN IN COLORADO AND PROBABLY DIDNT N?UT ON TOP OF THAT  IF HE WANTED TO BE WILL SMITH THATS A FAIL CAUSE WHEN WILL  COMES TO PLAY THATS EXACTLEY WHAT HE DOES WITH HIS WIFE JADA SWINGING WITH HER BOTH WAYS  ON A L RON HUBBARD  THIN-IN  GREY HAIR BACK AND FORTH BIG WILLY STYLE??? DONT GET MAD YALL NO IAM NOT LYING ON THIS 1????

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  • NorthDollasTX

    1st prodigy now SHAQ getting they KARRINE STEFANS on … SHAQ looking as soft as KOBE for allowing this shyt to come out in a book.  What happened to just whipping a niggahs ass and leaving the hoe games to the the mf with the hoe tendacies.  Now you giving the niggah MORE outlet cuz you keep talking about KOBE like scorned hoe.  LET THAT SHIT GO … especially when all you gonna do is HUG THE NIGGAH IN PUBLIC anyway … and talk about how much love you got for him.  Niggah was trying to be a LAKER again just a few years ago.  Shaq lookin like JAYCEON TAYLOR right now.

  • Shaq tryn to sell a book using Kobe’s name. GTFOH.

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