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Kobe Bryant congratulates Shaquille O'Neal on Instagram

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Shaquille O'Neal is entering the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame as a first ballot entrant; is it really a surprise?

The Big Aristotle is the most dominant big man of the modern era and it is widely accepted that we will never see a player with his physical abilities again.

Shaq - alongside Yao Ming, Allen Iverson and others - received his orange blazer at Thursday's press conference ahead of the ceremony on Friday night, and during the ceremony, his best ever teammate paid tribute to him on Instagram.

Despite their difference during the L.A. Lakers' early 2000s dominance, Kobe Bryant and O'Neal have been able to put all of their issues behind them and appreciate each other's brilliance.

They were the most deadly big/little combination the league has ever seen and conjured the greatest three-year period in Laker history as they achieved a three-peat.

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Los Angeles Lakers' Kobe Bryant (R) celebrates wit

Bryant himself retired this year after 20 years with the famous franchise and he posted this message to The Diesel: "Congrats to my big brother @shaq most dominant big of all time on being inducted into the Hall! Beyond deserved #MDE #RingsandThings #Lakers."

We all eagerly await to see what Shaq will say tonight, but you can guarantee it's going to be hilarious.

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