We all know the beef between Shaq and Kobe. The media blew it up and it became the story of the NBA for a while after Shaq's exile from the Lakers due to what many reported as an ultimatum from Kobe. They butted heads despite being incredibly successful and created one of the best 1-2 punches in league history. You can't do a diss freestyle and not REALLY mean it.
What could've been: If the Big Fella and Kobe managed to somehow work out their differences and coexist, we'd be talking Jordan's Bulls territory. The outside and inside game combo would've been hard to stop. Outside of the Spurs, there wasn't really any other truely formidable team to contend with them. As a result, Shaq and Kobe would've had the same amount of rings.