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Kobe Bryant On How Shaquille O’Neal Ended Consecutive 40-Point Game Streak

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Even in Kobe Bryant‘s retirement, he remains a consistent presence in media headlines by working out with players while building Kobe Inc. and Granity Studios.

While Bryant no longer dons the purple and gold, he is still asked his thoughts about the Los Angeles Lakers and their progress to begin the 2018-19 NBA season. Recently, Bryant discussed that leaning on LeBron James is not a recipe for championship success but is ultimately needed when trying to keep the team above water.

During his playing days, Bryant routinely put the Lakers on his back and often times carried them to victory. His offensive prowess ability to score from anywhere on the floor is what made him one of the league’s most iconic players.

Bryant shared a story about how Shaquille O’Neal broke his string of 40-point games during the 2002-03 season, according to Alex Rodriguez of Barstool Sports:

Hearing Bryant tell the story is eye-opening given there is no telling how long he could have kept the streak up given how dialed in he was on offense. However, it was definitely in his and the team’s best interests to get O’Neal going after he returned from injury.

While the Lakers would eventually fall short in the ensuing playoff run, Bryant continued to cement his legacy as one of the greatest players of all-time. Bryant eventually led the Lakers to back-to-back championships from the 2009-10 seasons.

The Lakers have yet to make the playoffs since Bryant retired, but they have their best shot to return now that James is on the roster. Hopefully, Los Angeles sees another banner hang in Staples Center sooner rather than later.

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