Kobe Bryant's farewell tour is making Shaq 'super jealous'

NBA Basketball

On the day it was announced he had received basketball’s highest individual honor, Shaquille O’Neal confessed he's still upset about one thing he didn’t get.

O’Neal, one of the newest members of the Basketball Hall of Fame, said Monday he would have enjoyed the type of farewell tour former Lakers teammates Kobe Bryant is getting this year.

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“I’m super jealous. I wanted a Shaq tour, man. I did. Like, I never said this but this is killing me. It did,” O’Neal said on his weekly podcast. “So, you know, I had two years in Boston. I got hurt my first year, but the second year, we were going to plan a whole Shaq tour. I’m super jealous. I wanted a Shaq tour.”

O’Neal finished his career with the Celtics during the 2010-11 season, playing in just 37 games due to injury. He played for four teams during his NBA career, including the Lakers, where he joined forces with a young Bryant to win three consecutive NBA titles. 


His missed farewell tour not withstanding, O’Neal still will be enshrined in the Hall of Fame this fall with his four NBA championships in tow.

Sorry, Shaq, but even you can’t have it all.

“But still, I wanted to just go to the city, and people see me play my last game," he said. "I did. I’m like, at first I tried to suck it up, but I can’t. It’s killing me.”