Shaquille O’Neal almost lost it when former NBA player and analyst Ryan Hollins disrespected Kobe Bryant. NBA fans might not be aware of Hollins and his career in the league. He averaged 3.7 points, 2.2 rebounds, and 0.3 assists. At the present, he is a commentator for the Houston Rockets.
Ryan and Shaq were on air discussing the infamous GOAT debate. Fans know that this usually involves LeBron James and Michael Jordan. At times, others like Kareem Abdul Jabbar and Kobe Bryant are also included in the discussion. We should be interested in knowing what Hollins said and why it prompted Shaq to almost walk out of the studio when they were still filming.
Shaquille O’Neal was stunned after Ryan Hollins said Kobe Bryant and even Michael Jordan can’t fill LeBron James’ shoes
Hollins has proven to be a huge LeBron fan, especially after his career as a player finally ended. This would certainly make sense. After all, he joined the league in 2006, a few years after LeBron entered it in 2003. Ryan seemed to get too carried away when making a point about LeBron James’ greatness. Especially after Shaq reminded him about Michael Jordan and Kobe Bryant.
“Imma pass Kobe up, Imma look at Michael.. Imma look at his impact…”
When Shaq heard that Hollins instantly passed Kobe up for LeBron and was merely hesitating to do the same for Jordan, he instantly checked the cup that Ryan Hollins was drinking from. That prompted Ryan to dig deeper into the defense of LeBron James.
“Kobe Bryant couldn’t fill, or Michael Jordan fill LeBron shoes. The impact that he’s had with different teammates, different organizations… Are you aware that LeBron has tripled and doubled Michael Jordan in assists?”
To this dramatic explanation, Shaq simply looked at the host Molly Querim and asked her if he could leave the show. She was so stunned by Hollins’ statement that she agreed that O’Neal was allowed to leave.
We should certainly wonder if passing the ball to teammates more often makes someone an undisputed better player. LeBron James had to shift three teams in order to win the 4 titles he does have. On the other hand, both Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan remained largely loyal to a single franchise and turned it into a dynasty. Thus, the issue of which player has more impact is truly subjective in this case.
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