Blog Entry

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

Posted on: October 31, 2011 2:51 pm
Edited on: October 31, 2011 2:53 pm
Posted by Ben Golliver


The Big Threatener.

In a new autobiography, NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal admits that he told former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant that he would kill him.

O'Neal and Bryant teamed up for three titles with the Lakers but engaged in a public war of words that eventually led the Lakers to trade O'Neal to the Miami Heat. In his new book, Shaq Uncut: My Story, O'Neal says he took issue with Bryant giving public statements about how he was out of shape and faking an injury after Lakers brass requested the two stop squawking. O'Neal was so upset about the comments, he writes, that he threatened to murder Bryant during an argument about Bryant's sexual assault case in Colorado.

Here's an excerpt posted on
Kobe stands up and goes face-to-face with me and says, "You always said you're my big brother, you'd do anything for me, and then this Colorado thing happens and you never even called me." I did call him. ... So here we are now, and we find out he really was hurt that we didn't stand behind him. That was something new. I didn't think he gave a rat's ass about us either way. "Well, I thought you'd publicly support me, at least," Kobe said. "You're supposed to be my friend."

Brian Shaw chimed in with "Kobe, why would you think that? Shaq had all these parties and you never showed up for any of them. We invited you to dinner on the road and you didn't come. Shaq invited you to his wedding and you weren't there. Then you got married and didn't invite any of us. And now you are in the middle of this problem, this sensitive situation, and now you want all of us to step up for you. We don't even know you." ... Everyone was starting to calm down when I told Kobe, "If you ever say anything like what you said to Jim Gray ever again, I will kill you."

Kobe shrugged and said, "Whatever."
Wow. Well, it clearly got personal. There wasn't ever much doubt about that.

How seriously should we take O'Neal's threat here? O'Neal has tried to establish a law enforcement career but has also been involved in a number of suits that allege all sorts of crazy behavior, including kidnapping and hit men. I suppose if Bryant reacted dismissively, the danger can't have been that real. But the dysfunction was as authentic as it gets.

O'Neal announced his retirement from the NBA back in June and joined TNT as an NBA commentator in July.

Since: Sep 21, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 4:51 pm

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

People can say what they want about Kobe but the fact of the matter is hes not soft like Lebron.

Since: Nov 14, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 4:47 pm

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

This really is not news.  Everyone knows that Kobe is selfish and wanted the lime light.  Kobe is just a different duck really.  This really is not even news.  People have been calling him on the floor for years about it.  It is funny though that he has always needed a great player around to win a championship.  At the end of the day, Shaq had a great career and won championships and is a commentator.  Kobe won championships as well.  So, it is 2 large egos that eventually couldn't fit in the same locker room.  It happens. 

Since: Apr 15, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 4:08 pm

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

Shaq is a beast.... some folks, like the first idiot who posted only think of him for the Suns, Cavs & Celtics. I suggest you go see what he did in his prime. One of the best players of all time.

Kobe's arrogance to me has always been above and beyond, but in was Jordan's. That's what ticks you off about them, but also make them the player they are and gives them the drive they have.

In private, say what you want about a team mate. say it to the coaches, the training staff..but airing out a team mate in public isn't going to solve anything. Kobe and Shaq bickering like high school girls messed up a good thing they had going on, and to anyone who wasn't a Lakers fan at the time was happy as hell. 

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:52 pm

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

Shaq canot SOUND worse than Barkley (which is saying a lot about how bad Barkley sounds).  Shaq doesn't slurp between sentences, sound like his mouth is full, and Shaq doesn't start every paragraph with "first of all".  Having said that, there is no way Shaq will be as entertaining as Barkley (which is saying a lot about how entertaining Barkley is).  Chuck represents all the knee-jerk reaction thoughts that the average fan has, but has trouble articulating.  Listening to Barkley is like listening to your thoughts out loud as you try to put them together like the rest of the inteligent world does.  Sometimes those thoughts are right, sometimes they are wrong, sometimes they aren't fully formed, but they always want to be heard.  That is what makes Chuck successful.

I will believe that Shaq means everything in his book, and I will believe that Kobe believes everything in his when he writes it 15 minutes after retirement.  People take YEARS of post graduate work of psychology to learn how to defuse difficult situations and handle unusual personalities.  Kobe has been a pro since before his 18th birthday and grew up as an "outsider" because he traveled with his father.  Shaq was raised by a military man, so I doubt there was a whole lot of subtly or give-and-take there either.  Both of them did the best they could, probably wanted more from the others (and the world) than the deserved, and reacted badly when they did not get it.  Hopefully, when they are in their 50's and 60's, they will sit down over a beer and discuss all of that - that is what growing up is about.  Most of us have stories where we mishandled a friend's situation, but it never made the papers.  The journey to manhood is hard enough without the hype brought on by media attention. 

Since: Dec 18, 2006
Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:23 pm

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

Everytime when I lost bets, some of my friends will be mocking me and I will tell them to suck my d..., so does that mean I'm gay? Don't think so. Anyways, who cares what Shaq says or what Kobe says or if how many parties he no showed. We all know Shaq don't like Kobe and Kobe can't stand Shaq and they both proven they can win the NBA championship without each other patting on each other's butt. I know it's a slow day in the NBA world but if someone said they saw Shaq doggie (Colorado incident) Kobe in the shower room, now, that would be news, lol. Now lets just leave those 2 lovebirds alone, please. Btw, no one cares much about what Shaq has to say anymore. My question is, if there is an NBA season, who is going to sound more stupid, Barkley or Shaq in their games analysis.

Since: Sep 19, 2007
Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:22 pm

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

Overrated? Shaq in his prime would monster dunk you back into your mothers womb.

Since: Aug 18, 2008
Posted on: October 31, 2011 3:04 pm

Shaq: I told Kobe Bryant I would kill him

the only thing shwaq could kill is a bucket of fried chicken at kfc.  sit down and shut up oh so overrated fat boy.

The views expressed in this blog are solely those of the author and do not reflect the views of CBS Sports or