Shaquille O’Neal (September 7th, 2016):
“You don’t know how good you got something until it’s gone. When I left L.A. I got DWade, similar type of player. But when I went on after that I was like, ‘You know what? I had the greatest player ever.’ *We could’ve won 6, 7 championships together. You live and you learn.”
[Best player since Jordan?]
“I’d probably have to go with the Kobester. ‘Cause his attitude was Jordan-like. He was able to take over games, especially in the 4th quarter. For example: when I tested Kobe out for his last game I said, ‘Kobe, I need you to hit 50.’ He said, “Nah, I’m not gonna’ do it.” But when he saw me there and he started going he said, ‘You know what? You want me to get 50, Big Dawg? I’ll do it for you.’ And he’s always had that ability. It’ll be times in the games, especially in the playoffs, where I’m not really going or I’m tired, and I’d be like, ‘Kobe, I need you to take over.’ And he would take over every time. 50 out of 50 times. It was never a time where I asked Kobe to take over the game and he didn’t perform.
So, to answer your question I gotta’ go with the Kobester."