In 1996, the seeds to the future Lakers dynasty were sown as O'Neal signed on as a free agent and the team swung a deal that sent Vlade Divac to Charlotte for the No. 13 pick in that year's draft. That No. 13 pick just so happened to be none-other-than Kobe Bryant. The Lakers made it to the second round of the playoffs that year with O'Neal leading the team in scoring (26.2 ppg) and rebounding (12.5 rpg). The future star Bryant got off to a quieter start to his career, averaging 7.6 points and 1.3 assists per game. Pictured: Los Angeles Lakers Shaquille O'Neal, left, talks to eighteen-year-old Laker rookie Kobe Bryant, right, while teammate Eddie Jones rests during the fourth quarter of their game against the Phoenix Suns Nov. 1, 1996, in Inglewood, Calif.
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