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Kobe Bryant congratulates ‘big brother’ Shaq on Hall of Fame

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LOS ANGELES, CA - NOVEMBER 16: Former NBA player Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers before the game against the Golden State Warriors on November 16, 2014 at Staples Center in Los Angeles, California. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this Photograph, user is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Copyright Notice: Copyright 2014 NBAE (Photo by Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

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There was a time Kobe Bryant would’ve loathed calling Shaquille O’Neal his big brother and heaping praise on the center.

Shaq didn’t work as hard as Kobe. Shaq didn’t take basketball as seriously as Kobe. Shaq didn’t always play with the ferociousness of Kobe.

But, man, Shaq sure could play.

So, no matter how much he once resented his former Lakers teammate, Kobe is paying respect as Shaq enters the Basketball Hall of Fame:

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Most dominant big of all time? I’ll take Wilt Chamberlain, but Shaq certainly has a case.