Shaquille O'Neal, here at an evening organized by Sport Illustrated, December 9, 2019. - Andrew H. Walker / REX / SIPA

They won together, got angry, and then reconciled. Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant formed the iconic early 2000s duo in the NBA. They allowed the Lakers to achieve the famous three peat , the three titles in a row between 2000 and 2002. The former pivot told Wednesday on different channels his relationship with his ex-teammate, died Sunday in a helicopter accident. Tremolos in your voice and tears in your eyes.

"All this stuff that happened between us, it was never dislike. That's what brothers do. Thus summed up the Shaq its history with Kobe, between quarrels, mutual respect and rapprochement. " I'm not well. I haven't eaten or slept since Sunday. I watch all the tapes (of their matches together). I'm sick of it. It will hurt for a long time. I have a little brother, but I really lost a brother, "he said on his social network" The Big Podcast ".

O'Neal also spoke about it on a show on Turner Network Television, recorded inside the Spales Center on Tuesday. In a poignant testimony, he regrets that his last conversation with Kobe - who on the other hand often sent SMS to his son Shareef - dates back to 2016, during the last game of Bryant against Utah.

"The last time I spoke to him was at the Staples Center, and I asked him to put 50 points, and he had put 60. It was the last time I spoke to him, I would have liked do it again. His death will definitely change me. Because I work too much. Guys, you know what I'm doing. I probably work more than a normal guy. I now want to take the time, and call to say that I love you. I will try to contact more people because you never know what can happen… ”

Videos circulating on Twitter also show Shaquille O'Neal among the people of Los Angeles who came to pay homage to the ancient legend of the city, near the Lakers room.

Only right for @SHAQ to lead a chant for Kobe in LA ✊

(via omerdrinks / IG)

- NBA on TNT (@NBAonTNT) January 29, 2020

“We are still the best duo ever created. It will never change. Not only did we win three championships, but we really crushed them, added the one who ended his career at the Celtics. I wish he was there. I wish I could tell him something. "


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