Kobe Cash: “If Shaq had done that, he would have won 12 fucking rings”

The legendary duo, Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal, however, did not see eye to eye on many issues. A characteristic of the Great Aristotle also irritated Vino to a great degree, as he explained a few years ago. According to him, the Lakers would have won many more titles without that dirty center habit!

At the beginning of the 21st century, it was impossible to miss the Lakers led by Kobe Bryant Y Shaquille O’Neal. The experience must be taken even at face value, as the Pourpres et Ors simply massacred their opponents between 2000 and 2002. The result was a resounding triplet, the last to date, with an unstoppable Big Diesel and a young winger who little by little was consolidating himself as one of the best in the league in his position.

The partnership ended in 2004, following Shaq’s departure and enormous tension between the two Superstars who could no longer support each other. In particular, Mamba had a huge problem with her teammate’s work ethic, which she considered to be non-existent. Intolerable behavior for a workaholic like him, as she confessed in an interview years later. For KB24, there is no possible doubt: if O’Neal had been more disciplined, he would have become the GOAT and would have had more championship titles than fingers!

Shaq’s work ethic is a horror according to Kobe

It would be the greatest of all time. He would be the first to tell you. This guy was a force like he had never seen. He was crazy. A guy that size, usually guys that size are a bit shy. They don’t want to be big, they don’t want to be fat. He didn’t care. He was mean, he was competitive, he was vindictive. If he had only been serious in the gym, he would have had 12 goddamn rings.

In fact, it was Shaqtus’s biggest weakness throughout his career: as dominant as he was on the court, he never showed any real interest in working hard outside of matches. With his monumental size, he was already tearing apart without forcing the competition, so he preferred to have a good time instead of him. Therefore, his diet was anything but irreproachable, and it is no accident that he had a series of physical failures at the end of the course.

Indeed, we were far from the work model that was Vino, whose discipline is a benchmark in the entire world of sport. But on the other hand, the Shaq wouldn’t have been the one we grew to love if he hadn’t remained that court clown, always ready to amuse the gallery. Where Bryant rarely smiled, the Great Aristotle always had a quip or joke to share, much to the delight of the media.

Much to Kobe’s annoyance, Shaquille O’Neal never managed to adopt the same work ethic that he did. On the other hand, that didn’t stop the two men from amassing trophies in spades, even though they finished below 12 championship rings.

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