Shortly after his Los Angeles Lakers defeated the Boston Celtics in Game 7 of the NBA Finals, Kobe Bryant offered his most genuine post-game press conference answer ever. When asked what the championship meant to him, he grinned and said these now infamous words regarding Shaquille O’Neal:
"I just got one more than Shaq. You can take that to the bank. You know how I am, I don't forget anything."
If nothing else, the move proved that while there may not be any real animosity between the one-time teammates anymore, a healthy competition still exists. Both men want to prove that they can be successful without the other, and that they were the main reason the Lakers won three consecutive titles.
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