Shaquille O'Neal Lauds Rick Ross' $150M Worth, Compares to Kobe Bryant Legacy



by NOUMAN RASOOL

Shaquille O'Neal Lauds Rick Ross' $150M Worth, Compares to Kobe Bryant Legacy
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NBA legend Shaquille O'Neal has always been vocal about his time with the Los Angeles Lakers, especially his dynamic partnership with the late Kobe Bryant. In a recent conversation, O'Neal asserted that he and Bryant were the NBA's best duo during their prime.

Their formidable alliance led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA titles from 2000 to 2002, with Shaq claiming Finals MVP honours each time.

Shaq Acknowledges Ross

O'Neal's comments come after rapper Rick Ross gave a nod to the iconic duo's accomplishments via an Instagram story.

Never one to shy away from recognizing greatness, the four-time NBA champion reposted Ross' story, expressing his gratitude. The nod from Ross, which Forbes estimates worth $150 million, carries weight in the entertainment industry.

Ross and Meek Mill recently released a track honoring the Lakers legends, which O'Neal also acknowledged on his social media platform. Ross has made significant achievements in the music world. He boasts multiple platinum albums, amassing over $100 million in global sales and consistently landing spots on the Billboard Top 200 list.

His latest tribute to O'Neal and Bryant will likely enjoy similar chart-topping success. The Lakers' history shifted pivotal after the 2003-2004 NBA Finals. Despite forming a veritable superteam with the addition of NBA greats Gary Payton and Karl Malone, the Lakers fell 4-1 to a gritty Detroit Pistons squad.

The subsequent offseason saw O'Neal's trade to the Miami Heat, where he captured another championship, marking the final title of his illustrious career. The Lakers' trajectory also changed post-O'Neal. The team missed the playoffs in the 2004-05 season and suffered first-round eliminations in 2006 and 2007.

However, Kobe Bryant later found renewed championship success in 2009 and 2010. In a candid talk with Charles Barkley on TNT's Inside the NBA, O'Neal cleared the air about his relationship with Bryant, saying, "We didn't have a bad relationship, because we won three out of four championships.

That's not a bad relationship at all." In hindsight, O'Neal believes that they could have won even more titles if they had extended their time together. It's a sentiment that leaves fans and analysts alike wondering what might have been. As each legend carved out their unique paths, their collective influence on the game remains indisputable.

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