Kobe Bryant: Shaquille O’Neal Is the ‘Most Dominant Big Man of All Time’

Bryan Brandom
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In case you've somehow avoided hearing him talk about it already: Shaquille O'Neal was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Thursday.

As a trophy, he was given an orange fitted sheet taken from Wes Anderson's California king-sized bed.

After the ceremony, he got some high praise from a former teammate with whom he shared an infamously shaky relationship: Kobe Bryant.

Shaq's former Los Angeles Lakers teammate and inevitable fellow member of the Hall of Fame called Shaq "the most dominant big man of all time."

But while that compliment—which Bill Russell and the family of Wilt Chamberlain would like to have a discussion with Kobe about—came over the internet from a teammate with whom Shaq won three titles but basically couldn't stand, the Big Aristotle shared the induction ceremony stage, and a giant-sized helping of laughs, with an old rival that he probably likes a heck of a lot more than Kobe: Yao Ming.

As the only one with the qualifications—err, dimensions to do so, Shaq helped his fellow behemoth put his induction jacket on.

It was also proposed that the immense duo, who faced off in just 13 regular season games, play one-on-one. Shaq, whose last appearance on the hardwood included his getting dunked on by his son, borrowed a move from yet another giant Hall of Famer, Dikembe Mutombo, to quash that idea.

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