LOS ANGELES Tuesday night at Staples Center the Lakers will retire the number 34 jersey worn by the great center Shaquille ONeal during his eight-year tenure with the Lakers. Fans may also get to see another retirement of sorts: a public end to the Shaq-Kobe Bryant feud.
ONeal and Bryant both came to the Lakers in 1996 Shaq as a free agent and Kobe as part of a draft day trade with Charlotte. Beginning in 2000 they won three straight titles and appeared in four NBA Finals together, but the daily soap opera that starred the two was the real point of interest among Laker insiders.
Two of the greatest players in Laker history just didnt like each other. They were able to co-exist and thrive for eight years and there were times when their relationship appeared harmonious.
They were unstoppable on the court and mortal enemies off it.
In private, Shaq would refer to Kobe using profane nicknames and feeling his younger teammate was anything but a true teammate. He always ...