Originally posted on Ball Don't Lie  |  Last updated 11/29/11
Shaquille O'Neal is full of surprises. Actually, more accurately, he's full of things that will help sell his book and cement his legacy. Wherever the two may roam. So when Shaq talks about Kobe Bryant as the "greatest Laker of all time," well, where does this come from? O'Neal spent his entire Los Angeles Laker reign carping about not getting the ball enough from Kobe, while the two worked together from 1996 to 2004, and though time heals all wounds (and wounds all heels), can we really take the Diesel at his word? Here's the video: Kobe is fantastic. A born Laker, a five-time champion (the same as Magic Johnson), and an absolute killer on both sides of the ball. Personally, I'd take Magic or Kareem Abdul-Jabbar to start a team, and probably Shaq (despite his annoying off-court habits) to start a squad ahead of Kobe, but one shouldn't dismiss Bryant's personal accomplishments. Nor should anyone dismiss O'Neal's ambitions, here. He has a book to sell, and a legacy to make right. ...
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