Kobe Bryant will be on the next episode of Shaquille O'Neal's podcast. Wow, what a sentence that is.
The Los Angeles Lakers legends expressed regret about their old feud on "The Big Podcast With Shaq," and the full discussion will be available on Monday. For now, here's an excerpt, via ESPN:
"A lot of stuff was said out of the heat of the moment," O'Neal said in an excerpt from the podcast that was played on ESPN Radio on Wednesday. "I guarantee I don't remember a lot of stuff that they said, because I changed my thought process of, you know what, we won three out of four, what the hell are you all talking about? This is not really even a story."
Said Bryant: "Here's the thing, though. When you say it at the time, you actually mean it, and then when you get older you have more perspective, and you're like holy s---. I was an idiot when I was a kid.
"To me, the most important thing was really, 'just keep your mouth shut.' You don't need to go to the press with stuff. You keep it internal, and we have our arguments and our disagreements, but I think having our debates within the press was something I wish would've been avoided. But it did kind of create this whirlwind around us as a team with myself and Shaq and the press and the media that just put so much pressure on us as an organization."
It's not as if the two are enemies, despite the fact that they took shots at each other back when they were teammates. O'Neal recently said that he'd take Bryant in his prime over LeBron James, for example, and Bryant defended O'Neal publicly as he criticized the media. This is a big deal, though -- both of them have talked about how their relationship deteriorated in Los Angeles, but it's been done in separate interviews. To hear the two of them hash things out will be something.