Yesterday was a day of reflection and celebration for Shaquille O'Neal as he claimed his place in the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame.
The Big Aristotle took to the stage to continue the age-old tradition of acceptance speeches and did it with the same style, humour and enjoyment that epitomises him as a person.
As he thanked all of the people that had played a part in helping him to win four championship rings, three finals MVP awards and an MVP trophy - among a number of other accolades, The Diesel finally came to thank Kobe Bryant.
In true Shaq style, he made fun of the situation between himself and the Black Mamba and joked about the moment he left the franchise in 2002 as he was traded to the Miami Heat.
The 44-year-old said: "I'd like to thank Kobe Bryant, a guy that pushed me to three titles -- and then pushed me off the team and got me traded."
Despite the joke, it was a sincere thank you from one great to another, Kobe brought the best out of Shaq and they were the most dominant big, little combo the NBA has ever and may ever see. Lakers fans only wish it could've been prolonged.