O’Neal has no beef with Bryant passing him
Shaquille O’Neal insisted that he has no issue with Kobe Bryant passing him on the NBA’s career scoring list.
“He’s still playing; I’m not playing, so it was good,” O’Neal said after his former teammate moved into fifth place in league history.
“I never wanted to be the best Laker,” O’Neal added, “I wanted to be the most dominant. I was that.”
Bryant made a long jumper midway through the second quarter of Monday’s game against Philadelphia to leapfrog O’Neal (28,596 points).
O’Neal congratulated Bryant over Twitter on Monday night.
“Congrats to Kobe for being the greatest laker ever thanks for making us the greatest laker one two punch ever and congrats on passin me up 2,” O’Neal wrote.
The 33-year-old Bryant is now only behind Wilt Chamberlain (31,419), Michael Jordan (32,292), Karl Malone (36,928) and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (38,387).
Bryant, who owns a pair of scoring crowns, leads the NBA at 29.4 ppg this season.
Bryant and O’Neal won three NBA titles during their nine seasons together in Los Angeles.