Kobe and I Could’ve Won 5 to 6 Championships Together - Shaquille O'Neal

By: Sherwin in Sports

The Shaq-Kobe tandem was feared by many teams during the early part of 2000’s. They bulldozed their way to three championships. They reigned supreme for three consecutive years from 1999 up to 2002.

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Personal differences and altercations over their statuses and roles on the Lakers' team caused them to split up when O’neal got traded by Lakers and was sent to Miami Heat while Kobe remained a Laker. Coach Phil Jackson testified about the troubles that his two phenomenal players had during their last season together on his book, “The Last Season: A team in Search of Its Soul”.

The bond that was shared by Kobe and Shaq which started on 1996 didn’t end up well when the two got separated on 2004. I can still remember their “face-off”, the match between the Lakers and the Heat, which featured both of them squaring off and playing against each other. It was hyped back then and drew a lot of attention.

Just recently, Shaq was asked how many championships he and Kobe Bryant would have if he was not sent to the Miami Heat. He said, “ 5 or 6 “.

The reason Shaq said he had originally left was because of money situation, where the Lakers wanted him to take less money and he wasn't obliged to do so. In 2006, he ended up winning his 4th championship with Dwyane Wade on route to solidifying his status as an all time great.

Rumor also has it that Kobe would have explored the free agency anyway in case Shaq didn’t get traded. Things started to fall apart for the Lakers when the Kobe-Shaq tandem tried to aim for a 4th championship only to fall short to the defensive prowess of the Detroit Pistons even after acquiring Karl Malone and Gary Payton. Despite being stacked, they ended up being one of the most disappointing teams in NBA history.

After Shaq was gone, the transition went so rough and they have been through a period of mediocrity. It wasn’t until Pau Gasol was traded to the Lakers when they reclaimed their championship throne.

Shaq was still productive during the 2008-2009 season when he averaged 17 points and 8 rebounds a game. Do you think they could really win 2 or 3 more championships had Shaq stayed in Los Angeles?


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Good Day mates! I’m Sherwin, I am an Electrical Engineering student at Rizal Technological University. I love writing articles and editorials second only to reading interesting conspiracy theories. Feel free to contact me, if you find my opinions and articles a little bit offensive or unoriginal. Follow or add me @ https://www.facebook.com/shatteredsherwin/

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