Kobe Bryant says his relationship with Shaquille O'Neal is better after years of feuding. (Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBA/Getty Images)
Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant says his "feud" with future Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal is all but over.
O'Neal and Bryant won three NBA championships together in the eight seasons they were teammates even though they were constantly criticizing each other in books, rap songs and interviews. The hatchet is officially buried.
“It was good to see him,” Bryant said after the Lakers' 91-85 win over the Phoenix Suns on Tuesday, via ESPN.com. “I had a chance to kind of catch up with him a little bit after the [Miami] Heat game here at Staples [on Jan. 17], and tonight we got a couple good laughs, a couple good inside jokes.Shaq and I have a really, really good relationship now. Tt's good. I think it's a good lesson for all of us.”
O'Neal sat courtside during last night's game and Bryant says he now understands how great a duo the two were.
"I think we appreciate each other more now than ever," Bryant said. "I think the further you get away from the history that you had together, the more you put perspective on it on how dominant we were."