Shaq gives Kobe shout-out for the 3 titles … and for pushing him off the team

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Shaquille O’Neal was inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday night. And as expected, the 15-time All-Star’s speech was dotted with many amusing stories from his 19 NBA seasons, delivered in that droll, highly-entertaining way that only Shaq can.

O’Neal’s biggest reaction may have been from his shout-out to Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant: "The guy that would push me and help me win three titles in a row …

"… but also help me get pushed off the team and traded to Miami."

Prior to that, O’Neal gave a shout-out to Nick Anderson for missing four free-throws in a row during Shaq’s first NBA finals, with the thinking that "It would be pretty funny if a terrible free-throw shooter criticized a bad one."