AOL News has a new home! The Huffington Post.

Click here to visit the new home of AOL News!

Hot on HuffPost:

See More Stories

Shaq Gives Props to Kobe on Twitter

Jun 14, 2009 – 11:55 PM
Text Size
Gary Washburn

Gary Washburn %BloggerTitle%

Shaquille O'NealShaquille O'Neal may be headed to Cleveland or may team with Amar'e Stoudemire to push the Lakers in the Pacific Division next year. Either way, it appears his beef with Kobe Bryant is officially over.

After the Lakers cruised to a 99-86 win for their 15th NBA championship and Bryant's first without O'Neal, the Big Aristotle gave props to Kobe via Twitter:

"Congratualtions kobe, u deserve it. You played great . Enjoy it my man enjoy it. And I know what yur sayin rt now 'Shaq how my a** taste'"



The final sentence is in reference to Shaq's impromptu rap in June 2008 in a New York night club, lamenting Bryant for his NBA Finals loss to the Boston Celtics, and asking Bryant, "tell me how my a** taste." Shaq eventually apologized and Kobe said he didn't take it personally, but it was obvious Bryant was determined to win a title without Shaq.

In all, Shaq sent out eight tweets, congratulating Derek Fisher, DJ Mbenga, Pau Gasol, the Orlando Magic and Phil Jackson. Finally, he lauded Bill Russell for his appearance during the award ceremony.

To Jackson: "Congrats to you to phil jackson. When the general doesn't panic the troops don't panic. You are the greatest now."

Fisher: "
Congrats to u to d fish, big shots the other day. Enjoy my man enjoy"

Gasol: "
Congrats in spanish pau gasol, muchas gracias pappacito"

Mbenga: "
Congrats to you to, mbengaaaaaaaa"

Russell:
"Its nice to see the greatest big man ever on stage, smilin havin a good time. I love bill russell"

Shaq's Twitter notes has become a must read for NBA fans and he is using the 140-character social network to send out messages, opinions and kudos.

Latest NBA Finals Photos

    Police officers in riot gear stand guard outside Staples Center as supporters celebrate after the Los Angeles Lakers won their 15th NBA Championship, in Los Angeles June 14, 2009. The Los Angeles Lakers captured their 15th championship and first since 2002 with a 99-86 victory over the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the NBA Finals on Sunday. REUTERS/Mario Anzuoni (UNITED STATES SPORT BASKETBALL)

    Reuters

    ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14: Sasha Vujacic #18 of the Los Angeles Lakers looks at the Larry O'Brien Championship trophy as the Lakers celebrate in the locker room after their 99-86 win against the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals at Amway Arena on June 14, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Credit: 2009 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Sasha Vujacic

    NBAE/Getty Images

    ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14: Pau Gasol (facing camera) #16 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates with Shannon Brown #12 after the Lakers won 99-86 to win the NBA Championship against the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals at Amway Arena on June 14, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Credit: 2009 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Pau Gasol;Shannon Brown

    NBAE/Getty Images

    ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14: Rafer Alston #1 of the Orlando Magic hangs his head as he stands on court against the Los Angeles Lakers in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals at Amway Arena on June 14, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. The Lakers won 99-86 to win the NBA Championship. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Credit: 2009 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Rafer Alston

    NBAE/Getty Images

    ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14: Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates during the final minutes of the Lakers 99-86 win against the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals at Amway Arena on June 14, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Credit: 2009 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kobe Bryant

    NBAE/Getty Images

    ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14: (L-R) Kobe Bryant #24 (holding daughter Gianna), Pau Gasol #16 and Andrew Bynum #17 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrate after the Lakers won 99-86 to win the NBA Championship against the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals at Amway Arena on June 14, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Credit: 2009 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kobe Bryant;Pau Gasol;Andrew Bynum;Gianna Bryant

    NBAE/Getty Images

    ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14: Finals MVP Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers kisses his wife Vanessa as he celebrates after the Lakers won 99-86 to win the NBA Championship against the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals at Amway Arena on June 14, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Credit: 2009 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Vanessa Bryant;Kobe Bryant

    NBAE/Getty Images

    ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14: Finals MVP Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates daughter Gianna after the Lakers won 99-86 to win the NBA Championship against the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals at Amway Arena on June 14, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Credit: 2009 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Gianna Bryant;Kobe Bryant

    NBAE/Getty Images

    ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14: Finals MVP Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers celebrates with his daughter Gianna and wife Vanessa (R) after the Lakers won 99-86 to win the NBA Championship against the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals at Amway Arena on June 14, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Credit: 2009 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE/Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Gianna Bryant;Kobe Bryant;Vanessa Bryant

    NBAE/Getty Images

    ORLANDO, FL - JUNE 14: Finals MVP Kobe Bryant #24 of the Los Angeles Lakers holds up the Larry O'Brien trophy after the Lakers won 99-86 to win the NBA Championship against the Orlando Magic in Game Five of the 2009 NBA Finals at Amway Arena on June 14, 2009 in Orlando, Florida. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. Mandatory Credit: 2009 NBAE (Photo by Jesse D. Garrabrant/NBAE via Getty Images) *** Local Caption *** Kobe Bryant

    NBAE/Getty Images

Filed under: Sports

ON FACEBOOK