Kobe Bryant和Shaquille O'Neal當年在湖人有過不合已經是眾所周知的事實，近期兩人在節目中也透露過，他們在1998/1999賽季打過架。球迷們當然希望知道更多的詳情，昨天Kobe Bryant作客"Jimmy Kimmel Live!"時談到了當年的那場衝突:"“哦，是他先的(出拳)，我沒有打到他。我看到他那個巨型的拳頭......那天的採訪中，我抬起了他的手，然後看了看他手的尺寸，我想“跟這個傢伙打架，我肯定是地球上最瘋狂的19歲少年'，而事實也是那樣”。
引用"Oh, he did (throw the first punch)," Kobe said. "I couldn't reach him. I saw this big fist ... and during the interview, I picked up his hand, I'm looking at the size of his hand and I'm going 'I must have been the craziest 19-year-old in the world to fight this guy,' but it is what it is."
引用"He threw a punch, I had to slip it, and I threw one back. And then everybody jumped in and broke it apart. ... At that point, you just gotta say 'Either you're going to beat the hell out of me but you're going to know I'm not going to back down."