EXCLUSIVE: Shaq Talks Kobe's Retirement & Being The NBA's Most Dominant Duo (VIDEO)

(AllHipHop News) Future Hall of Fame basketball player Kobe Bryant announced this will be his final season in the NBA. The Los Angeles Lakers great will likely end his career with 5 NBA championships, 1 league MVP award, 18 All-Star game appearances, and a top 3 placement on the list of all-time points scored.

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The early part of Kobe’s time with the Lakers was spent alongside NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal. The pair won 3 titles together in the early 2000’s. In an interview with AllHipHop.com, Shaq talked about Kobe’s decision to step away from the court.

“It’s time. I wish everybody could have played longer,” says Shaq. “He did a lot for the game. Me and him had great history together.”

“Shaq and Kobe” is consider one of the greatest tandems to ever play the sport. According to the Inside The NBA analyst, his partnership with Bryant created the single greatest duo of all time.

“We are the most dominant, most enigmatic, most controversial one-two punch in Laker history. Not only that, we’re the best one-two punch ever,” declares Shaq. “A lot of people say Kareem and Magic. I don’t care what they say. Nobody did it like me and Kob.”

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Watch Shaquille O’Neal’s interview below.

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  • Markus

    They were special no matter how long they lasted together. But if Kobe could’ve handled his role better,him and Shaq would’ve had rings on both hands.

    • TheAfroRican

      True. Egos can get in the way of a good thing. Still hated how Kobe snitched on Shaq when he got caught cheating on his wife.

      • STEPH

        So True! Messed that man’s home life up, Kids who were with their mother and father since they were born, uprooted because of that shit… Shaq having to pay over a hundred million for the divorce settlement…Kobe did not keep that shit strictly basketball, he let his feeling get in that shit. Then gonna go and buy his wife a 5 million dollar “pink” diamond ring, and is still with his kids smdh a damn shame. After that…..I lost all respect for that man…Great basketball player…Fucked up human being.

      • SBRon

        AND…the main reason the Flakers ain’t sh*t now!! No big-time stars wanna play with dude!!

    • STEPH

      So True

  • ChiVa02

    More dominant than Magic and Kareen? Stop it, Shaq. Please.


      Kobe’s better than Magic, and Shaq’s better than Kareem.

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  • WeakSauce

    Shaq sit down bruh! Most dominant EVER? F out of here! MJ and Pippen!

    • Hendrix2020

      Pippen didn’t average as many points as a side kick. He was a great defender and good scorer but not a great scorer. Shaq owned the paint on offense and defense and KB owned the rest. Their ppg were very close. When it was time to win it all you could go to either.

      • Triple7_skylakegreat

        Pippens kicks are still the illest


      They both averaged 30 ppg for an Entire playoffs.

  • Sgt. H. Jennings

    MJ and Pippen…. After than maybe we can talk about Shaq and Kobe…. Just maybe but that’s questionable also…….. maybe 3rd best duo ever… Magic and Kareem, Malone and Stockton (honorable mention being as they have no championships).


      Stockton and Malone cant compare. Shaq and Kobe would take Magic and Kareem.

      • Sgt. H. Jennings

        Shaq was very dominate in the paint but also very one dimensional in regard to other great centers Kareem being one of them. I’d love to see Shaq stop that sky-hook. As old-school as it may be I doubt the great Shaq could stop it. Shaq is a beast and is one of the best and probably the most dominant but limited to only one area of the basket. I’d pick him in a heartbeat but I believe the versatility of both Magic and Kareem would kill all that noise….. Would be nice to see and is debatable. Most def bro..

  • shaq and kobe could give anyone 30/40 points at the same time any given night.


    As proof in Championships…..Jordan and Pippen are the greatest duo, we can imagine what would have happened……but it didn’t. Shaq and Kobe could have surpassed MJ and Pip, if it wasn’t for the “Colorado” situation and the bullshit that went on behind the scenes. After reading Phil Jackson’s book everyone in the Laker organization deserves a lot of credit for hiding all the bullshit that was going on behind the scenes…If Kobe didn’t tell owner Jerry Buss “it’s either me or him” who knows how far they could have taken it.

    • Inmadopicouroz✓QUEENSᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ

      and Kobe was suspect in this photo……..

      • STEPH

        I know right…..Niggas tongue hanging out his mouth like Gene Simmons WTF????

  • El Jeff

    i hate u niggas that love to argue over whos the best when the players played in completely different eras…

  • Mikchek

    I love to see how humble SHaq is…

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