Kobe Bryant offers to train Shaquille O'Neal's son this summer

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Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal might be, for one reason or another, the most famous pair in basketball history.

Whether it's becaause they kicked off the millennium with a three-peat, or because of their famous beef that led to Shaq's trade to Miami in 2004, the two icons are revered as being two of the greatest of all-time and two of the most interesting NBA personalities.

Most of the time, those alpha-male characters clashed. On the court, however, it was magical.

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O'Neal was one of the most dominant centers to ever play the game and he graced the hardwood for the final time in 2011 before being inducted into the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame this year.

Kobe only recently departed the sport last month off the back of a vintage 60-point outing against the Utah Jazz in front of a packed Staples Center crowd. Diesel was in the crowd that magical night and shared a warm embrace with the Black Mamba following his unbelievable effort.

All bad blood and tension appears to have evaporated with time and the once formidable duo appear to be on better terms than ever. Kobe even made an appearance on his former teammate turned rival's podcast 'The Big Podcast with Shaq' last year.

Rumours have circulated recently that Kobe may well be considering an offer to join Shaq as a panelist on the TNT's Inside the NBA, but the 20-year career-long Laker hasn't made his post-basketball intentions clear as of yet.

However, it appears the Bryant and O'Neal connection is far from done on the court, too.

Shaq's son, Shareef O'Neal, is a supremely athletic 6'8" power forward that at just 16-years-old is rated as a four-star prospect by 247Sports.

TMZ recently caught up with the young prodigey and Shareef revealed that he is looking to work out with Kobe this summer, taking the five-time NBA champion up on his offer back at the All-Star game in Toronto this year.

"I talk to Kobe sometimes, I might start training with him," Shareef started. "Cause during the Toronto All-Star [weekend] he was saying I need to train with him. Yeah, I'm [going] to start training with Kobe soon - probably this summer."

“When we play one-on-one I’m definitely going to try and win,” said Shareef, with a smile and shake of his head. “No, I’m not going (easy).”

It almost goes without saying how invaluable that tuteledge would be to any young man in the game, and it's cool that Kobe would reach out and offer to take an old friend's son under his wing.

Even if this training session never did come to fruition, Shareef doesn't appear to be short on help. During an episode of Shaq's podcast, the legendary center discussed his son's progress with Tracy McGrady, who also appears more than willing to help with the young O'Neal's progress.

“I thought my son, Shareef, was going to be 6’8”, 6’9”, so I patterned his game after three of my favourite players — one I played with, Kobe Bryant, another guy, LeBron James, and you, my neighbour,” Shaq told McGrady.

“Shareef’s got game," McGrady replied. "He’s farther along than what I was at his age. I see those YouTube clips. Anytime you want me to come out there and work with him I’ll definitely give him some of that stuff I learned over my years because he’s got it, for sure.”

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