How Shaquille O’Neal Knows Kobe Bryant Respected Him | Oprah’s Master Class | Oprah Winfrey Network

-A lot of people ask me would I change the way me and Kobe – no, we did what we were supposed to do. Won three in a row. Went to the finals four out of five years. It don’t get no better than that. We both definitely respect each other. You know how I know he respected me? Game seven, we’re down. I’m telling Kobe, “Hey, man, I’m open.” “I got you, I got you.” He crosses up Scottie Pippen and he catches eye contact with me like okay, this is the one you wanted. He throws it up super — Super, super high. I have to go up and get it and throw it down, puts us up by five, and I know we’re going to win. We’re going to the final. You see me running down the court. I’m pointing up at my son Shareef because he was two- years-old at the time. And he came to me before the game and gave me a kiss on the lips and said, “Daddy, I need you to win the game.” So we were down fifteen. I was like man, not only am I going to lose, it’s going to be my fault. I’m going to let my first son down. So Kobe throws. I go up and get it. The place goes crazy. You don’t think Kobe respects me? If you go back to the footage and I hope you show this footage, if you go back to the footage, after we win the championship, who jumps in my arms? Kobe Bryant. Like a little seven-year-old, dad went to the military, and then he came home and surprised me. He jumps in my arms so we always respected each other and as a man, when you got two alpha males going at it, you’re not going to always get along. The key word, the key component when you’re on the team, when you’re in a relationship, when you have business partners, one word: respect. You don’t have to like a person, but you got to respect them.

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