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Kobe Bryant on Feud With Shaq: ‘I Was an Idiot When I Was a Kid’

Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O’Neal are considered by many as the greatest 1-2 punch in NBA history. During the early 00’s, the two led the Lakers to three straight NBA titles and appeared in four NBA Finals.

However, their beef is often what is remembered from their stint as teammates. At one point the two hated each other’s guts and as the years passed on they managed to put things behind them and now are able to actually sit back and talk as friends.

Shaq’s next guest on his podcast is actually Kobe and in a teaser for the episode, the two talk about their feud. Bryant refers to himself as an “idiot” for doing and saying some of things he said back then.

Check out the expert below via Lakers Nation (As per ESPN):

John Kincade: Is there anything, Shaq, that you would like to take back in the give and take over the years?

Shaq: A lot of things, you just played the clip where I said I wanted to be traded. I definitely did not want to leave L.A., but you know that’s how you’ve got to talk when you’re in business, especially when you think you’re in control. Definitely didn’t want to leave L.A. A lot of stuff was said out of the heat of the moment. I guarantee I don’t remember a lot of stuff that they said because I changed my thought process of, you know what we won three out of four, what the hell are you all talking about, this is not really even a story.

Kincade: Anything you want to take back Kobe?

Kobe Bryant: Here’s the thing though, when you say it at the time you actually mean it and then when you get older you have more perspective and you’re like holy s—, I was an idiot when I was a kid. To me, the most important thing was really just keep your mouth shut. You don’t need to go to the press with stuff. You keep it internal and we have our arguments and our disagreements, but I think having our debates within the press was something I wish would’ve been avoided, but it did kind of create this whirlwind around us as a team with myself and Shaq and the press and the media that just put so much pressure on us as an organization.

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