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Kobe Bryant hilariously describes his fist fight with Shaquille O'Neal: 'I couldn't reach him'

Kobe Bryant stopped by "Jimmy Kimmel Live" to talk about winning his first Oscar, but wound up discussing another big event: his fist fight with Shaq.


Brittany King


There's no denying that Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal were an unstoppable duo when at their best, but it was their longstanding feud that was one for the record books. 

 

Stopping by Jimmy Kimmel Live on Thursday, the newly retired all-star reminisced about the time he and the 7' 1" former power forward got into a heated fist fight during their time playing together on the Los Angeles Lakers. 

I must've been the craziest 19-year-old in the world to fight this guy.

According to Bryant, it all went down at a scrimmage during a lockout (1998-99 season) when he and O'Neal were on opposite teams. So, who threw the first punch? Shaq, of course. 

 

"He did, I couldn't reach him," Bryant said with a laugh. "I saw these big fists, literally his fists are this big."

 

"I must've been the craziest 19-year-old in the world to fight this guy," he added. "But it was just is what it is ... he threw a punch and I had to slip it, and then I threw one back and everybody jumped in and broke it apart." 

 

"I wouldn't have jumped anywhere near that," Kimmel joked back. 

 

Watch the hilarious recount from Bryant below. 

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