Shaquille O’Neal displays on Kobe Bryant’s dying: ‘He was a lot greater than an athlete’

Shaquille O’Neal mentioned there have been “no phrases” that would describe the tragedy and the ache he felt after studying about Kobe Bryant’s dying.

There’s no phrases to specific the ache Im going via with this tragedy of loosing my neice Gigi & my brother @kobebryant I like u and u shall be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant household and the households of the opposite passengers on board. IM SICK RIGHT NOW pic.twitter.com/pigHywq3c1

— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020

Kobe was a lot greater than an athlete, he was a household man. That was what we had most in frequent. I’d hug his youngsters like they have been my very own and he would embrace my children like they have been his. His child woman Gigi was born on the identical day as my youngest daughter Me’Arah. pic.twitter.com/BHBPN5Wq8V

— SHAQ (@SHAQ) January 26, 2020

O’Neal joined the Lakers in 1996, the identical yr the franchise drafted Bryant. The 2 have been teammates till 2004 when O’Neal was traded to the Miami Warmth following a dispute with the group. Of their time collectively, the pair gained three NBA Championships.

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“There’s no phrases to specific the ache I am going via with this tragedy of shedding my niece Gigi and my brother Kobe. I like you and also you shall be missed. My condolences goes out to the Bryant household and the households of the opposite passengers on board. I am sick proper now,” O’Neal wrote on Twitter. “Kobe was a lot greater than an athlete, he was a household man. That was what we had most in frequent. I’d hug his youngsters like they have been my very own and he would embrace my children like they have been his. His child woman Gigi was born on the identical day as my youngest daughter Me’Arah.”

O’Neal and Bryant’s relationship had some tenuous moments as teammates, however they reconciled of their post-NBA careers. After Bryant’s last recreation in 2016, O’Neal referred to as Bryant “the best Laker ever.”

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