Kobe Bryant first enjoy an NBA championship as the second option behind the great Shaquille O’Neal, when the Los Angeles Lakers chased down three NBA titles from 1999-2002. It seemed like the perfect pairing, although fans know the two stars could not stand each other before it all fell apart.
To this day, Kobe remains frustrated over the whole ordeal, explaining his gripes in a recent piece by the New Yorker.
“It used to drive me crazy that he was so lazy,” he tells the magazine. “You got to have the responsibility of working every single day. You can’t skate through (bleep).”
Kobe is an obsessive person, who prides himself on his craft. Shaq, however, never shared that type of work ethic. As the New Yorker explains, it got so bad between the two that Kobe would shun reporters he saw talking to O’Neal, while Shaq in turn refused to accept help from the same trainers who taped Bryant’s ankles.