“It was really a compliment. People missed the whole first half of that, which I said ‘he was the most dominant player I’d ever seen and I felt like he could’ve been the greatest of all time’,” Kobe explained to Jimmy. “People kind of missed that part of it — they caught onto the lazy part. But, that was like, I kinda said that tongue-in-cheek! We weren’t going to win 12 rings!”

Kobe added that he actually had to text Shaq after the comments went viral, saying, “No hard feelings, I still got love for you!”

Unfortunately this beef was squashed long ago. . . 

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