Shaq: I believe Kobe 100%
Following up on the piece Kobe wrote about yesterday regarding Lakers owner Jerry Buss deciding he wanted to trade Shaquille O'Neal, Shaq says he believes Kobe's side of the story, according to Stephen A. Smith's column today:
"I believe Kobe 100 percent," said O'Neal, reached yesterday while in Los Angeles on business. "Absolutely. There's no doubt in my mind Kobe is telling the truth. I believe him a thousand percent. I would have respected Dr. Buss more as a man if he would have told me that himself, because I know he said it. But he didn't [tell me]. He never said a damn word to me."KB24 admits he and the big fella had their moments, but he never demanded Shaq be traded:
"Sure, Shaq and I had our issues. So what! We always did and we won three titles. That doesn't change what was told to me. It doesn't change the fact I never, ever, said to get rid of him. And it damn sure doesn't change the fact that all these years later, promises made to make this team better have not been kept. So where does that leave me?"
Anyone still believes it was Kobe's fault that Shaq got traded?