Kobe won three straight NBA titles alongside Shaquille O’Neal. Together, they made up one of the most dominant duos in NBA history.
In 2000, on the way to their first championship, Shaq and Kobe found themselves down 15 to the Portland Trail Blazers in the fourth quarter of Game 7 of the Western Conference Finals.
After completing the comeback, the superstars connected for one of the most memorable alley-oops the league has ever given us. Lakers.com’s Joey Ramirez described the exclamation point that put the game on ice.
“Bryant sized up [Scottie] Pippen yet again and dusted him with a crossover. Then he lobbed the ball to O’Neal, who seemingly grazed the STAPLES Center ceiling to grab it.
“Shaq brought the ball down with thunder, rocking the crowd and cementing a six-point lead with 40 seconds remaining.
“‘I thought I threw the ball too high,’ Bryant told reporters. ‘Shaq went up and got it, I was like, ‘Damn!'”
Of all their moments together, few left as striking a visual.