Shaquille O’Neal has promised to bury the hatchet with foes in the wake of Kobe Bryant’s hard-hitting helicopter crash death this week.
The living Los Angeles Lakers legend opened up about being rocked by his previous colleague’s abrupt passing.
“You don’t know how long you have left,” O’Neal said on the latest episode of his “The Big Podcast.” “I’m all about being hard and all that but … I’m going to have to delete my beef and my confrontation clause. I don’t want to do that anymore.
“I guess I just call all the people I’ve had discrepancies with and say, ‘Look, man, I love you.’”
On a similar episode, which broadcast Monday, O’Neal conceded his grief was keeping him up around evening time, particularly on the impact points of losing his sister Ayesha, who died of cancer in October.
“I haven’t been sleeping after Ayesha’s death because, not thinking about just the good times, but times I could’ve done something, or I could’ve said something or could’ve done something different, or could’ve loved her more or could’ve shown her more support. And the same thing hit when I found out this news,” he said.
O’Neal, 47, and Bryant, 41, led the Lakers to three consecutive titles from 2000 to 2002 — yet their turbulent relationship was no mystery and prompted O’Neal being traded to the Miami Heat in 2004.
“I’m sick right now,” O’Neal said on the podcast. “And I know some idiot’s gonna bring up the relationship I and Kobe had. Our relationship was that of brothers. We’re brothers on this podcast, John, we argue all the time. But in real life, when I see you and your lovely wife, it’s all about respect.”
Bryant and his 13-year-old daughter, Gianna, were among nine individuals killed when the chopper they were flying in suddenly collided with the hills in Calabasas, California, on Sunday. They were headed to a youth basketball game at the time.
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