Former pro-basketball player Shaquille O’Neal, aka Shaq, has criticized Lakers star Kobe Bryant in his tell all book. Get the full details on what Shaq had to say in ‘Shaq Uncut: My Story’ below.
Shaq’s new book hasn’t even hit shelves and already the tell all is making waves. After finally leaving his days on the court behind, with some great stats to boot, Shaquille O’Neal is letting it fly in the November 15th release. The former 90’s Lakers star, who ended his career as a Celtic player, released details in his memoir that he once told his former teammate Kobe Bryant that he would “kill him.”
Shaq tells the story of how Kobe would over step his bounds in a big way, while the two where both down and out in their personal lives.
“Just before the start of the ’03-’04 season, the coaching staff called us in and said, ‘No more public sparring or you’ll get fined.’… Phil was tired of it. Karl Malone and Gary Payton were sick of it,” he recounts. “So what happens? Immediately after that Kobe runs right out to Jim Gray and does this interview where he lets me have it. He said I was fat and out of shape. He said I was milking my toe injury for more time off, and the injury wasn’t even that serious.”
With other issues playing out (accusations of lobbying for a contract extension), Shaq in short says – “I let the guys know, ‘I’m going to kill him.” Shaq also points out that Kobe Bryant, who went through his high profile Colorado assault incident during O’Neal’s time on the team, says that Bryant had an enormous ego problem.
“We were sitting on the bus once and he told me, ‘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.’ 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.'”
The ‘Shaq Uncut: My Story’ also details behind the scenes moments surrounding his basketball peers like Lebron James, former Miami Heat coach Pat Riley, and even Delonte West.
Watch video below of Shaq talking about Kobe years ago.
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