3. Shaquille O’Neal – Kobe and Shaq will always be intertwined, so it makes sense to mention The Diesel right after The Mamba.
You kind of always knew that Shaq would find the perfect time to leave. And amidst a stormy lockout and changing on the guard, he did just that as the only player from last season to officially retire. Now he’s set to be a TV star on TNT like his buddy Sir Charles.
And as a point of ego, Kobe Bryant needs only 729 points to pass him and move into fifth place on the all-time scoring list. You know the longer that’s delayed, the happier the Shaq will be – he’d love to hold that over Bryant’s head forever.