An emotional Shaquille O’Neal delivered a powerful tribute to Kobe Bryant and then led fans in chants of “Kobe! Kobe!” as he left Staples Center Tuesday night.
The brief encounter with fans came after Shaq offered a heartfelt recollection of Kobe in a special for TNT.
The network had been scheduled to broadcast Tuesday’s Lakers-Clippers game but it was postponed as the teams, the city and the entire world mourn Bryant’s death.
As O’Neal was leaving the arena, he encountered fans wearing Lakers jerseys.
They initially shouted out “Shaq, Shaq,” but he quickly quieted them down with a finger to his lips.
Then he started leading them in chants of “Kobe, Kobe,” jumping into the air as he went to his vehicle.
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