For those of you who weren't able to see it, I'll try to summarize for you real quick:
Rome asked some tough questions but Kobe answered them all very well. Here is a summary:
Rome: Shaq got a late start because he put off having surgery done in the summer on his toe. Was the team hurt by that decision and his failure to really get into the sort of shape he needed to be in throughout the year?
Kobe:No, not really, I think from past experiences we've kinda learned that Shaq gets in shape as the season progresses. This season has just been injury after injury. So, when he came back from having his toe surgery , he started working himself into shape. Then once he got to the point when he was in shape then he started having knee problems. And his knee problems kinda plauged him the rest of the season.
Rome:Well of course the knee problems could be a result, not that I'm a doctor of his extra weight. See Kobe, you personally have never approached it that way, you show up from day one in shape. You don't use the regular season to get into shape, so is that good enough for him to do that?
Kobe:I don't know, I mean every athlete is different, in Shaq's case he's so dominate at being seven foot one and 300 whatever pounds , he can overpower people but we've seen when he's in ultimate shape in our first championship run he just completely ran through the entire league. He was lean, he was cut, and he just completely dominated the game as nobody has dominated it since Wilt Chamberlin.
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on Wed May 28, 2003 1:46 am, edited 3 times in total.