NBA Champions: The Tension between Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant

The rivalry between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal is evidence that competition amongst teammates can occasionally be very harsh.

Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant clashed from the beginning of their time together with the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kobe was Annoyed when Shaq arrived out of shape Kobe Bryant's displeasure with Shaquille O'Neal's health was another problem at the beginning of their partnership.

Shaq defended Kobe from Air balls during the playoff In the Western Conference Semi-Finals, Kobe Bryant and the Los Angeles Lakers faced the Utah Jazz for his first playoff encounter.

They Had Actual Battle There has been conflict between several NBA players, but it nearly never escalates to actual violence.

Kobe was stopped by Shaq from harassing an older rookie Eric Chenowith was a journeyman seeking to break into the NBA while hopping around several basketball leagues.

Shaq was fired as a police officer after disparaging Kobe in a song Becoming an honorary reserve police officer is one of Shaquille O'Neal's more bizarre extracurricular pursuits.

Shaq Ring was pursued by Kobe at the end of his career The greatest NBA player of all time, Shaquille O'Neal, had one significant flaw in his later years of play.

First encounter as rivals garnered incredible rating The most eagerly awaited regular season game in history may have been made possible by the notorious deal that saw Shaquille O'Neal join the Miami Heat.