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Shaq: Kobe wanted me out

Updated: July 28, 2004, 3:42 PM ET
By David Aldridge | Special to ESPN.com

Shaquille O'Neal is still not taking on Kobe Bryant by name. But you don't have to be Sherlock Holmes to read between the lines.

In a telephone interview, O'Neal said that he didn't think Bryant ever appealed to Lakers management to keep the team together, though Bryant maintained at a news conference earlier this month that he could have played with O'Neal next season. And O'Neal made it clear that he believes Bryant wanted him out of Los Angeles.

"Be careful what you wish for, buddy," ...

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