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Shaquille O'Neal was left shook by ESPN reporter's claim that Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan "couldn't fill LeBron James' shoes"
2024/04/02

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Leaving Shaquille O'Neal stunned and bewildered is no simple feat, but in 2019, Ryan Hollins delivered such a daring statement on television that it nearly prompted the legendary big man to walk off the set.

"GOAT" discussions are a regular occurrence on basketball shows, and during a June 2019 episode of First Take, Ryan Collins boldly asserted that he considers LeBron James to be the greatest player of all time.

O'Neal, in response, said:

"You said LeBron James is the greatest player ever? What about Michael [Jordan] and Kobe [Bryant]? So you're just going to pass Kobe up like that?"

Hollins responded:

"I'm going to pass Kobe up, I'm going to look at Michael…"Kobe Bryant…or Michael Jordan couldn't fill LeBron's shoes, the impact that he's had with different teammates with different organizations."

Hollins' statement left O'Neal utterly astounded.

"Would you be mad if I just walked off the show?" O'Neal said.

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Of course, O'Neal wouldn't tolerate any disrespect towards Kobe, with whom he shared three championship victories as a member of the Lakers

Hollins made the argument that LeBron's superior playmaking skills made him a better player than Jordan.

"Are you aware that [Lebron] doubled and tripled Michael Jordan in assists? Assists make other players better now," Hollins said.

O'Neal countered with the number of championship rings as his response.

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