The NBA world was left shocked after the news of the Kobe Bryant death made headlines late in January earlier this year. The Lakers legend, along with his 13-year old daughter Gianna and seven other individuals, lost their lives in a tragic helicopter accident over Calabasas. The five-time NBA champion was mourned by fans and a host of NBA personalities. His former Lakers teammate and NBA Hall of Famer Shaquille O'Neal added that he will not be watching the 2020 Hall of Fame ceremony after the death of his close friend.
Today, I’m helping to launch the #HatsOff Campaign – hang a hat on your front door to show thanks to the frontline food workers keeping us fed while we shelter at home. Tag a photo of it with #HatsOff. Let’s spread the love! pic.twitter.com/gnNROE9yxd— SHAQ (@SHAQ) April 17, 2020
Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant played together for the Lakers at the start of the 21st century. The pair were utterly dominant on the court but got into spats off it which saw Shaquille O'Neal leave the Lakers in 2004. However, they both patched things up later on in life and were known to be close friends.
The four-time NBA Championship winner revealed that the will not watch the NBA 2020 Hall of Fame ceremony to honour the memory of his late teammate - Kobe Bryant. While speaking on the Sports Like a Boss podcast with Holly McPeak and Anne Marie Anderson, Shaquille O'Neal was quoted as saying "We will always be connected, whether people think we like each other or not. It doesn't matter. We will always be connected. We were the most competitive, most enigmatic, most controversial, most dominant one-two punch ever created. But, I won't even watch the Hall of Fame ceremony this year. I don't want to see pictures and video of him. I don't. ... I never thought something like this would ever happen."
27 years ago, with the number one pick of the 1992 NBA Draft, the Orlando Magic selected Shaquille O'Neal from Louisiana State University.— LSU Basketball (@LSUBasketball) June 24, 2019
Shaq would go on to win four NBA Championship Rings. pic.twitter.com/TlOsbiTi2S