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PBT Podcast: Shaq, Kobe, Phil and a Laker dynasty with Jeff Pearlman

Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal

Kobe Bryant (L) of the Los Angeles Lakers holds the Larry O’Brian trophy as teammate Shaquille O’Neal (L) hold the MVP trophy after winning the NBA Championship against Indiana Pacers 19 June, 2000, after game six of the NBA Finals at Staples Center in Los Angeles, CA. The Lakers won the game 116-111 to take the NBA title 4-2 in the best-of-seven series. (ELECTRONIC IMAGE) AFP PHOTO (Photo by - / AFP) (Photo by -/AFP via Getty Images)

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Something is captivating about the three-peat Lakers of Shaquille O’Neal and Kobe Bryant — the way they feuded, the way they won, and ultimately the way they came apart.

One of the best sportswriters alive today, Jeff Pearlman, joins the NBC ProBasketballTalk Podcast to talk about the Shaq and Kobe team and his new book, “Three-Ring Circus: Kobe, Shaq, Phil, and the Crazy Years of the Lakers Dynasty” (now available wherever books are sold).

We delve into the team and discuss how Kobe’s and Shaq’s attitudes about how to approach life impacted their rocky relationship, the rough early years they were together, Phil Jackson’s role, and ultimately how it all came apart. Pearlman provides fantastic insights and fascinating stories about these legendary players and their iconic team that is now part of Lakers’ lore.

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