The 10 Best Personal Rivalries Of Kobe Bryant’s Career

By: 12.06.12

This was another rift between Bryant and his teammate but, as you all may know, this one takes the cake.

The storied duo that consisted of Kobe and Shaq will go down as one of the greatest in NBA history and not just because of their success. The duo was impeccable. They won three consecutive titles from 2000-2002 as an indomitable O’Neal ravaged his adversaries averaging 30.7, 30.4, and 28.2 points per game in the three-peat title seasons. Then in 2004, after the Lakers lost to a better Pistons squad, Kobe and Shaq’s beef escalated as reports came out earlier in the season that Kobe criticized Shaq for his poor leadership and physical conditioning coming into the season.

When Shaq didn’t receive his pay raise and demanded his trade out of LA, he stated that the Lakers were only making moves to appease to the younger Bryant. Shaq would be traded to Miami where he would win a ring but watched Kobe win two more. This would later cause Bryant to infamously claim that he one upped O’Neal.

Who do you remember giving Kobe the biggest fits?

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