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After Tuesday's game, Kobe Bryant spoke about his relationship with Shaquille O'Neal, who was sitting courtside.
"It was good to see him. I had a chance to kind of catch up with him a little bit after the Heat game here at Staples Center, and tonight we got a couple good laughs, a couple inside jokes," he said.
"Shaq and I have a really, really good relationship now. It's good. It's a good lesson for all of us."
"I think we appreciate each other more now than ever," Bryant continued. "I think the further you get away from the history that you had together, the more you put perspective on it, and how dominant we were."
It's interesting to hear Bryant reference himself in the clip above as a "supporting" player, who then moved into the primary role after O'Neal was shipped to Miami. Obviously neither guy wins without the other, but to hear Bryant classify himself that way was unexpected. At least for me.
But it's nice to hear the feud has died down. The idea these guys would still be bickering this many years after the fact feels completely pointless. Really, it's less about Kobe than Shaq, who over his last few seasons did far more to perpetuate any conflict than Bryant.