The tension between Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal during their final years as teammates on the Los Angeles Lakers has been well documented. The Kobe-Shaq feud ended one of the most dynamic duos in the NBA and essentially ended Shaq's time in Los Angeles prematurely. Kobe sat down with Ben McGrath of The New Yorker to talk about plenty of different topics including his rift with Shaq on March 24 via Lakers Nation reporter Serena Winters:
Kobe on Shaq in the @NewYorker: "It used to drive me crazy that he was so lazy."
The five-time NBA champion also went on to say that Shaq basically took the easy way out via Winters:
More Kobe on Shaq: "You got to have the responsibility of working every single day. You can't skate through sh--."
It's not all that surprising that Kobe would refer to Shaq in this way in terms of work ethic. Even Phil Jackson has made comments about Shaq's work ethic recently basically saying the same thing about the former Lakers center.
Despite Shaq not exactly living up to Kobe or Jackson's standards, the future Hall of Famer left his mark on the game winning four titles, three with the Lakers and one with the Miami Heat, before retiring in 2011.
As for Kobe, the quest for a sixth ring continues as the superstar attempts to return healthy next season. Kobe recently signed a two-year contract extension worth $48.5 million. There's a good chance he's heading into the last two years of his NBA career and last chance at winning that elusive ring that will propel him ahead of Magic Johnson, two ahead of Shaq and even with Michael Jordan.