Before Shaquille O'Neal was traded to the Miami Heat in 2004, the Los Angeles Lakers had made four NBA Finals appearances and won three titles with Shaq and Kobe Bryant leading the way. Unfortunately, the dynamic duo was broken up after Detroit Pistons in the 2004 NBA Finals, but Shaq believes the two superstars could've won a few more titles together according to Kevin Ding of Bleacher Report on Feb. 6:
Barkley is asking Shaq on @NBAonTNT how many total titles for Lakers if Kobe and Shaq stayed together beyond 2004. Shaq says five or six.
Apparently, Charles Barkley posed the question to Shaq following the games aired on NBA on TNT on Thursday night. Although there was a lot of tension between Kobe and Shaq during their time together in Los Angeles, the two future Hall of Famers no longer seem to hold a grudge against one another.
With Bryant in the twilight of his career and O'Neal still very much in the public eye due to weekly appearances on NBA on TNT, the debate will rage on about the how many titles these two could've won together in Los Angeles. Although Shaq went onto win another title with the Heat and Kobe won two more playing alongside Pau Gasol, many Lakers fans were disappointed the way things ended up with this dynamic duo breaking up much earlier than anticipated.
The real question moving forward is if Kobe can win another title with the Lakers before calling it a career. Obviously, the current season is lost in terms of contending, but the superstar guard may have another opportunity to win a sixth ring in the coming years if the Lakers can rebuild quickly.
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