So Close, Yet So Far Apart
Kobe Bryant, left, and Shaquille ONeal have won three NBA championships with the Lakers, but they are rarely on the same page. (Lori Shepler / LAT)
Can They Bridge the Gap?
Kobe Bryant and Shaquille ONeal had little to say to each other during this game several years ago. (Lori Shepler / LAT)
Phil Jackson says Kobe Bryant is different from Shaquille ONeal because Bryant will listen to what the Laker coach wants him to do, then do whatever he wants on the court. (Lori Shepler / LAT)
His Other World
Kobe Bryant has spent part of the season traveling between Southern California and Colorado, where he was charged last year with felony sexual assault. (Chris Schneider / European Pressphoto Agency)