Shaq's Response To Kobe Being Better Than Michael Jordan
Kobe being better than Michael Jordan is a reality to some and a joke to others. The fact remains that Bryant is one of the greatest Basketball players ever.
The Black Mamba officially announced his retirement at the end of the 2015-16 NBA season and players have been tapped to recall fond memories with Bryant. No one shared more time with Kobe than Shaq.
During an interview with ESPN, Shaquille O'Neal revealed that Kobe Bryant once told him he'd be better than Michael Jordan.
Shaq's Response To Kobe Being Better Than Michael Jordan:
I had to pull him closely and be like: "CALM DOWN! RELAX BUDDY! RELAX! We dun had a lot of next Michael Jordans."
But you know over the years, you know, you see him practicing, and practicing, and practicing. Coming in getting bigger and stronger. And now he's starting and Phil comes in and he's studying tape.
When I knew he was real was during our first Championship versus Indiana. I'm killin' Rik Smits up in Indiana. I foul out.
Indiana takes the lead and Kobe comes back to the bench. He doesn't have a worry in the world and says, "Big Fella I gotcha." And I'm like, "alright ,we'll see!" Then he went on to put on a show.
And that's when I went on to announce that Kobe's the best Guard in the world.
That's a pretty amazing story coming from Shaq. One thing's for sure, we're all going to miss relying on Kobe to win games during crunch time.
Watch the 2000 Championship game Shaq was referring to below.