Since retiring from the NBA, Kobe Bryant has become a sought-after basketball mind to pick. Bryant has given advice to and helped train a number of NBA stars, including the likes of Boston Celtics’ rookie Jayson Tatum, who recently worked out with Kobe. It seems like the Mamba likes to mentor the youth, which could now include his former hall of fame teammate’s son.
TMZ Sports recently caught up with Shaq’s ex-wife Shaunie O’Neal, who explained that Bryant has always been willing to help out when needed and is open to training Shaq and Shaunie’s younger son, Shaqir O’Neal.”Kobe always offers … we’re just so far from each other, but he always offers,” Shaunie tells TMZ.
The 15-year-old Shaqir will play at Crossroads school in Santa Monica, California, during the upcoming season, where he will team with LeBron James Jr.
Shaqir’s older brother, Shareef O’Neal, is set to play college basketball at UCLA in 2018-19.
While Shaunie’s comments suggest Shaqir may not come under Kobe’s tutelage anytime soon, a standing offer from an 18-time NBA All-Star may come in handy.
Bryant and O’Neal were together in Los Angeles from 1996-2004, becoming arguably the most dominant and unstoppable duo in NBA history. They led the Lakers to three consecutive NBA Championships from 2000-02, plus another Finals appearance in 2004, a loss to the Detroit Pistons.