Posted by Sabrina B.Â @gametimegirl
Uh-Oh, It’s getting crazy! Shaq has a new tell all book coming out:Â Shaq Uncut: My Story. Jackie MacMullan did the writing and it comes out Nov. 15. Â This will def be something that I want to read!
Deadspin got some excerpts, including the parts where Shaq says Kobeâ€™s Colorado sexual assault charges blew up the three-peat Lakers. And where Shaq threatened to kill Kobe. (Go read theÂ whole thing).
So Iâ€™m on edge because I donâ€™t have I donâ€™t have a new deal, and Kobe is on edge because he might be going to jail, so weâ€™re taking it out on each other. Just before the start of the â€™03-â€™04 season the coach staff called us in and said, â€œNo more public sparring or youâ€™ll get fined.â€ â€¦ Phil was tired of it. Karl Malone and Gary Payton were sick of it. â€¦ So what happens? Immediately after that Kobe runs right out to Jim Gray and does this interview where he lets me have it. He said I was fat and out of shape. He said I was milking my toe injury for more time off, and the injury wasnâ€™t even that serious. (Yeah, right. It only ended my damn career.) He said I was â€œlobbying for a contract extension when we have two Hall of Famers playing pretty much for free.â€ Iâ€™m sitting there watching this interview and Iâ€™m gonna explode. Hours earlier we had just promised our coach weâ€™d stop. It was a truce broken. I let the guys know, â€œIâ€™m going to kill him.â€
Kobe stands up and goes face-to-face with me and says, â€œYou always said youâ€™re my big brother, youâ€™d do anything for me, and then this Colorado thing happens and you never even called me.â€ I did call him. â€¦ So here we are now, and we find out he really was hurt that we didnâ€™t stand behind him. That was something new. I didnâ€™t think he gave a ratâ€™s ass about us either way. â€œWell, I thought youâ€™d publicly support me, at least,â€ Kobe said. â€œYouâ€™re supposed to be my friend.â€
Brian Shaw chimed in with â€œKobe, why would you think that? Shaq had all these parties and you never showed up for any of them. We invited you to dinner on the road and you didnâ€™t come. Shaq invited you to his wedding and you werenâ€™t there. Then you got married and didnâ€™t invite any of us. And now you are in the middle of this problem, this sensitive situation, and now you want all of us to step up for you. We donâ€™t even know you.â€ â€¦
Everyone was starting to calm down when I told Kobe, â€œIf you ever say anything like what you said to Jim Gray ever again, I will kill you.â€
Kobe shrugged and said, â€œWhatever.â€
From that day on, I was done dealing with Kobe. I was done dealing with Jim Gray, too. What goes around, comes around. When he got fired, he actually had the nerve to call me and ask me to help him out. What, did you lose Kobe’s number?