Shaq OK with Kobe Bryant ahead in NBA scoring

Shaquille O’Neal says he’s satisfied being the most dominant Los

Angeles Lakers player, and has no problem with former teammate Kobe

Bryant passing him on the NBA’s career scoring list.

”He’s still playing; I’m not playing, so it was good,” O’Neal

said of Bryant moving into fifth place in NBA scoring during

Monday’s loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

”I never wanted to be the best Laker,” O’Neal added, ”I

wanted to be the most dominant. I was that.”

The comments were a follow-up to a message O’Neal sent Monday

night congratulating Bryant.

O’Neal offered his congratulations on Twitter: ”Congrats to

Kobe for being the greatest laker ever thanks for making us the

greatest laker one two punch ever and congrats on passin me up

2.”

The 33-year-old Bryant is the NBA’s leading scorer, averaging

29.4 points. He has 28,601 career points and trails Kareem

Abdul-Jabbar, Karl Malone, Michael Jordan and Wilt Chamberlain.

”It’s really a great honor for him and his family,” O’Neal

said.

O’Neal says playing with Bryant made up ”the best eight years

of my life,” contrary to their often fiery relationship as

teammates.

O’Neal described it as ”marketing.”

”You know we pushed each other,” O’Neal said. ”A lot of

people thought we really had problems, but the problems I created

were just for everyone to look at us, to notice us.”

O’Neal said the media often took it further.

”A lot of those guys don’t really have personality and to get

people to look at their paper they added onto it a little bit,” he

said.

”It was like a non-TV reality show. People are still talking

about it, so obviously I did my job as a marketer.”

Later this month, O’Neal will host the second annual Hall of

Game Awards. The high-energy, multi-platform experience lets

viewers vote for their favorite sports stars and sports moments of

the year. It airs Feb. 20 on Cartoon Network.