Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant have had their differences. One of the greatest NBA duos of all-time in their peak, their 2003-04 feud ultimately led to their split.
So it was nice to see Shaq in the stands at the Staples Center, taking in Bryant's last game as a Laker. During a Bryant tribute video featuring opponents and former teammates, O'Neal made the first appearance.
Shaq didn't just come to watch. He gave Kobe a little challenge before the game, and Kobe beat it.
Just spoke to Shaq - he said "I challenged him to get 50 and the mother****er got 60"
— Rachel Nichols (@Rachel__Nichols) April 14, 2016
Bryant scored 60 points on 22-for-50 shooting (6-for-21 from three, 10-for-12 from the free throw line) in a 101-96 Lakers win. He previous high this season was a 38-point outing versus the Timberwolves on Feb. 2. Of course, Bryant's career-high is his 81-point performance against the Raptors on Jan. 22, 2006.
Shaq and Kobe always made each other better. On Kobe's last night, we got that one more time.
— SHAQ (@SHAQ) April 14, 2016
UPDATE (3:50 p.m. ET): A video has emerged of Shaq challenging Kobe to 50 points on TNT a few weeks ago.