Brothers for life.
Shaquille O'Neal and Kobe Bryant were two peas in a pod on the Los Angeles Lakers for the better part of a decade. Together, the pair helped lead their team to three straight NBA titles from 2000 to 2002. When news broke of the death of the legendary player on Sunday after a horrific helicopter accident that killed Bryant, his daughter Gianna Bryant and seven other passengers, Shaq was quick to express his condolences and sadness over the loss of not only his teammate, but his brother.
On Tuesday night, the former NBA player was on hand at the Staples Center in Los Angeles to lead fans paying their respects in a chant for Kobe. In a video posted on social media, Shaq is seen leaving the arena and going outside before quieting fans down in order to start up a chant for his friend. "One more time—Kobe! Kobe!..."
The player has spent the last few days celebrating his friend, and opened up on his podcast about the severe distress he's in due to the loss of his friend and the death of his sister Ayesha to cancer in October.