Kobe Bryant is still upset. That’s nothing new, the man sort of thrives on this steely nastiness that has paired with his significant physical gifts to gift the NBA with a transcendent era. The Bryant Era, one we’re in no hurry to shoo away, was paired for eight of its initial seasons with Shaquille O’Neal, a larger-than-life character and player who had the abilities, size and smarts to turn into the NBA’s greatest center ever, according to Yahoo Sports.
The problem was that nobody knew we were in a Kobe Bryant era during his rookie season, and for the next seven seasons after that neither O’Neal nor subsequent Laker coaches wanted the Bryant era to take hold, preferring instead to mainly go through the league-altering O’Neal as Los Angeles chased down three championships. Following O’Neal’s peak season of 1999-00, though, he routinely returned from summers off looking out of shape and often not nearly as motivated as the trimmed-down giant who dominated during his lone MVP season.
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