Dear Shaq: Watch O’Neal’s reaction when he learns that Kobe announced retirement in poem

Kobe Bryant and Shaquille O'Neal won three titles as teammates with the Lakers.

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After Kobe Bryant announced that he will retire at the end of the 2015-2016 season, he received an outpouring of support from the NBA community, past and present teammates and competitors.

Los Angeles Lakers three-peat mate Shaquille O’Neal joined those offering well-wishes and kind words. But it turns out Shaq did not read the actual text of Kobe’s announcement that came as a poem beginning "Dear Basketball" (a la Michael Jordan) in The Players’ Tribune.

Anyhow, now Shaq knows. And that moment of realization, like everything Shaq does, is pretty damn funny. Now here’s a poem for you Shaq. It’s a haiku from The Buzzer:

[H/T SB Nation]

 

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