Basketball legend, Shaquille O’Neal, drew cheers as he recalled the three NBA titles he and Bryant won together at the memorial for the former L.A. Laker at Staples Center on Monday.
O’Neal said the two of them “pushed one another to play some of the greatest basketball of all time” and that he was “proud that no other team has accomplished the three-peat the Lakers have done.”
He also spoke of their well-known feuding, saying that even though “we fought, bantered or insulted each other with off-handed remarks,” there was mutual respect between the pair.
“Make no mistake,” O’Neal said. “Folks thought we were on bad terms, (but) when the cameras were turned off, he and I would throw a wink at each other.”
Among other celebrities attending the memorial were filmmaker Spike Lee — who was close friends with Bryant and directed a documentary on his life — and rapper Snoop Dogg, an avid Lakers fan.