It’s hard to believe it’s already been a decade since Kobe Bryant was born, but there are still plenty of Kobe fans left in the world.
Kobe Bryant died on March 17, 2019, and many people are still mourning.
This week, we caught up with two friends who grew up around Kobe Bryant: Shaquille O’Neal and LeBron James.
Shaquilah, who’s now 23, and LeBron are still friends.
They’ve gotten together several times over the years and have a healthy amount of conversation.
We asked them about Kobe’s passing and the life-style he took on.
Kobe died of cancer in May of 2020.
In 2017, Shaquelle O’Neil was in his first NBA season, and he was the first celebrity athlete to die in the NBA.
He was 29 years old and his son, Kobe, was 14.
LeBron James, on the other hand, died of a heart attack in April of 2021.
He had just played in the 2016 Summer Olympics, and when he died, he left behind a young family, and a long-lasting legacy.
When Shaquelah and LeBron got together, Shaq was always on his phone, texting and calling his dad.
Shaq had no clue how much his dad cared for him.
“I’m like, what is it, what’s going on, I’m like ‘What is it?’
He’s like ‘Shaq, your dad died, I want you to come out to dinner with me,'” Shaquillah told Bleacher.
“He was like ‘No, I’ve got to do this, this is something special.’
I just couldn’t believe it.
That’s the one thing I really don’t understand.
“You know, my dad was like the most laid back person you ever met,” Shaquilles says. “
“When I see him now, it’s like the last thing you ever saw. “
You know, my dad was like the most laid back person you ever met,” Shaquilles says.
“When I see him now, it’s like the last thing you ever saw.
I’m thinking ‘I can’t believe this.'”
Shaq and LeBron had a very unique relationship, and Shaquilla even made a video about it for the internet.
Shaqi also shared her memories of her dad.
“My dad was just a normal person, and I remember him like I was a kid,” Shaq says.
She also shared with us the stories of her two best friends.
Shaqq said her best friend, Tessa Jones, was a “crazy” kid who loved to party and had a lot of friends.
“She would go out to parties with her friends,” Shaqi says.
Jones would also get up at 4:00am to watch the Lakers play.
She was the only girl on her school’s basketball team.
Tessa’s parents divorced when she was a child.
“And I think I’m the only one that remembers it,” Shaqa says.
In the summer of 2021, Shaqtas father, Michael Jones, died from complications from a heart disease.
Tasha and Shaq both shared stories of the death of their father.
“It was so sad for me to lose my father and my mother, but for me it was just more of the sadness and the loss of something special,” Shaqtaw says.
It’s been over 30 years since Shaquail and LeBron’s last date.
They have the same birthday.
Shaqs birthday is July 31.
Shaaqs birthday is March 17.
Shaqtays birthday has been changed to March 20.
“This is the last day that we’re going to be friends.
I hope I get to see you again one day,” Shaqs father says, as Shaq hangs up.