NBA legend Shaquille O’Neal ripped an internet troll that claimed he couldn’t win his three championship rings with the Lakers without the help of Kobe Bryant.
O’Neal clapped back after Legion Hoops tweeted a photo of O’Neal in his Lakers uniform and listed his monster stat lines in the NBA Finals during the Lakers’ three-peat from 2000-2002.
“Even with all of this Shaq doesn’t win those rings without Kobe,” a Twitter user said about the late Bryant.
“No person can win without another star,” O’Neal replied, calling the critic a “big dummy” before hashing up scenarios of other NBA icons — including other Lakers greats Magic Johnson and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar.
“How many would Magic have without Kareem? How many would Kenny Smith have without Hakeem [Olajuwon]? WTF u talking about? I hate dumb ass people,” O’Neal wrote. “Enjoy my stats and [shut the f–k] up.”
O’Neal and Bryant formed one of the greatest duos in NBA history before the big man was traded to Miami in 2004 after Los Angeles lost in six games to the Pistons in the ’04 Finals.
O’Neal’s and Bryant’s feud during their Lakers days is well-documented. But through the years, especially after both stars retired, O’Neal and Bryant would compliment one another on accomplishments, among other things.
Bryant put the long-standing rumors to rest, tweeting in Aug. 2019, that “there is no beef with @Shaq.”
O’Neal won a fourth NBA championship with Miami when the Heat beat the Pistons in six games in 2006. Bryant went on to win three more rings with the Lakers, where he spent his entire 20-year career.
After Bryant’s death — in a fatal helicopter crash in Southern California in Jan. 2020 that also killed his and Vanessa Bryant’s teenage daughter Gianna “Gigi” Bryant and seven others — O’Neal said, “I lost a little brother” during TNT’s “Remembering Kobe” tribute.