While it's obviously never a good thing when two teammates—especially two superstar teammates—are at odds, Kobe said that he thinks the way he and Shaq went about their business is one of the reasons the Lakers won so many titles when they were together.
"What we did, our disagreements, what made those things special is we said them to each other's face," he said. "We didn't go behind each other's back and whisper to our teammates about this, that, and the other. That could do nothing but create friction and it's cancerous to the team. When you get things out right in front of each other, you say what you're thinking, you have those disagreements, you agree to disagree, you move on, all of a sudden, the integrity of the team is preserved…I think that's what catapulted us, especially to our second championship."