Kobe Bryant: Fearless Response To Shaquille O'Neal When He Asked For The Ball.

Shaquille O'Neal's guidance to the Los Angeles Lakers helped the franchise win three consecutive NBA Championships.

Kobe and Shaq were awarded three championships; their rivalry limited their chances of winning even more.

As a matter of fact, they would have won 12 NBA championships had Shaq had the same work ethic as Shaq.

Kobe's demeanor and work ethic were without question some of his most brilliant attributes. He had this swagger from a young age.

Shaquille O'Neal, one of the greatest basketball players of all time, is recognized as having stepped on at least one court throughout his entire life. During his first years, he had an unquenchable thirst for success.

Kobe Bryant once told a story about not passing the ball to Shaq during a game. O'Neal was getting punished and sent to the free throw line, but Kobe did not do it for that reason alone.

Shaq was passing up a high scoring opportunity because he didn't like a good free throw shooter.

He said, "Dude, you got to throw me the ball. " I said. "F k that. Get it off the rebound if I miss it, bro. " He was 18 years old, man, 18 years old. I must have had my thoughts frazzled.

Shaq had never experienced anyone challenging him in such a manner before. At the time, Kobe was only 18 years old. Shaq may have been upset by the implication, but it also demonstrates that Kobe was not afraid to challenge anyone, regardless of their skill level.