Shaquille O’Neal Remembers Kobe Bryant: ‘There Will Never Be Another Like Us’

Shaquille ONeal and Kobe Bryant (Credit: Shutterstock)

Nearly a year after Kobe Bryant’s death, retired NBA star Shaquille O’Neal is sharing memories of his former Los Angeles Lakers teammate.

“We had a very unique, enigmatic relationship. That’s why I would say we’re the most dominant one-two punch ever created: enigmatic, controversial, having fun. And there will never be another like us,” O’Neal said Thursday on NBC’s Today show.

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Shaq added that he redid his living room and gym to hang up photos of the two basketball greats together during their time with the Lakers, and said he visited Bryant’s parents during a stop in Las Vegas.

“It’s still kinda hard,” the Inside the NBA analyst shared.

During their time as teammates from 1996 to 2004, O’Neal and Bryant had a highly-publicized feud going on between them. Despite their disagreements, the two were able to help their team win three NBA championship titles.

Bryant died on Jan. 26, 2020, in a helicopter crash that killed eight others, including his 13-year-old daughter Gianna.

The National Transportation Safety Board will be holding a hearing on Feb. 9 to determine the cause of the crash. Engine and mechanical failure have already been ruled out by the NTSB, according to a preliminary report.