Kobe Bryant retirement announcement leads to touching tweet from Shaq

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As you might expect, Kobe Bryant's announcement that the 2015-16 NBA season would be his last was met with an outpouring of support and thanks from the basketball world.

And that included his former Los Angeles Lakers teammate Shaquille O'Neal - the multi-time champion sending his own endearing tweet to Bryant.

Kind words

Considering the rocky relationship the pair had as teammates at the Staples Center, however, the message may surprise a few.


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Kobe and Shaq were an incredibly successful force on the court between 1996-2004, winning three titles with the Lakers. There were, though, plenty of reports at the time about the friction away from the hardwood between two of the game's biggest personalities (and egos).

Indeed, clashes over their respective roles at the famous franchise proving too much, O'Neal was ultimately traded to Miami in '04.

With hostilities having been left unsolved for years, things changed earlier in 2015 when the pair talked things out on Shaq's podcast.

Lil bro

And now, with Shaq going so far as to call Bryant his 'lil bro', it appears that water has well and truly passed under the bridge.

It is great to see that O'Neal is able to join the rest of the NBA community is wishing Kobe well moving forward.

Considering how much of an impact the former LSU prodigy had on the Black Mamba's career, it would have been a huge shame if issues off the court had kept it from happening.

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