Shaquille O’Neal is one of the greatest centers, and NBA basketball players, of all-time.
The former LSU Tigers star played for several teams during his NBA career, most notably the Los Angeles Lakers where he and fellow superstar Kobe Bryant won three championships together.
O’Neal has become even more outspoken in his post-playing days than he was during his team in the league, and one of his most notable causes is to protect the legacy of Bryant, perhaps more often than his own legacy.
Bryant passed away in a helicopter crash on January 26, 2020.
Since then, his legacy has been debated, but the former Lower Marion High School (Pa.) product’s name is rarely brought up in discussions on who the greatest player of his generation is, specifically when talking about great shooting guards and small forwards.
Even though Bryant won five championships in seven Finals appearances during his career, losing to the Pistons in 2004 and the Celtics in 2008. He won two championships without O’Neal, cementing his legacy as one of the greatest players of all-time.
ESPN Host Nearly Causes Shaq to Walk Off the Set
Ryan Hollins is a former NBA center and successful player with the UCLA Bruins, but what he said on the set of the popular ESPN show ‘First Take’ nearly caused O’Neal get up and leave.
What Hollins said was noteworthy in large part because O’Neal has said previous that he believes Kobe Bryant is the closest player to Jordan that we’ve seen in our lifetimes.
O’Neal didn’t mention LeBron’s name during that segment, but Hollins’ take is entirely different.
Commenters called the comments ‘audacious’ and were shocked Hollins had the ‘nerve’ to say them.
Watch the video clip below and let us know whose side of the debate you’re on in the comment section of this article: