The once much-discussed feud has been buried long time ago.
But neither of the stars spoke about their ego clash while they were teammates.
They did, finally, when Bryant appeared as guest in O’Neal’s “The Big Podcast With Shaq” on Wednesday.
The full interview is expected to be aired on Monday. A snippet was aired on Wednesday in ESPN Radio.
Both stars regretted their past and how theyr took defensive stances to resolve and bury the hatchet. They also revealed their change of minds over the issue. Bryant and Shaq feel that public rumors were aired to fuel the feud.
“A lot of stuff was said out of the heat of the moment,” O’Neal said. “I guarantee I don’t remember a lot of stuff that they said, because I changed my thought process of, you know what, we won three out of four, what the hell are you all talking about, this is not really even a story.”
Bryant, too, lamented about how the rumors spread while pondering over his memories on the issue.
“Here’s the thing though, when you say it at the time you actually mean it and then when you get older you have more perspective and you’re like holy s—t, I was an idiot when I was a kid. To me, the most important thing was really just keep your mouth shut. You don’t need to go to the press with stuff.”
Well, things do change. It’s hard to believe now that both took shots at each other frequently during their days together at Los Angeles Lakers.