The Big Leprechaun and Bean are like Jay Z and Nas to me.
For years there was subliminal shots. Shaq always had Illmatic over Kobe and made sure he reminded him of that.
Kobe finally exploded (The Takeover).
But Shaq came back with Ether (D Wade leading Heat to the title).
Then there was the uneasy truce.
Kobe then wins two more titles without Shaq (Jay Z becomes Nas’ Boss).
Now we are in this limbo state where Kobe is the king (Jay Z) and Shaq is trying to pump life back in his career (Nas).
If you believe ESPN’s Bill Simmons Kobe was extra giddy about getting that 5th ring and it more to do with Shaq than the Celtics.
You know Shaq was aware of the “professional ether” and takes a small jab a Kobe saying he only competes for titles against “other big men” or if you look at it another way Shaq knows as of right now he is fighting a battle he can’t win.
Either way 25 years from now when we are talking about the greatest feuds of all time Shaq vs. Kobe will be right up there Biggie vs. Pac and LL vs. Kool Moe Dee.
Speaking of Kool Moe Dee: