When: Summer 2004
Shaq and Kobe had a tumultuous marriage. For as much success as they had, both guys truly despised each other. The two got off to a rocky start and could never get along. It all came to a head when the Lakers lost to the Pistons in the 2004 Finals; their fourth trip in five seasons. Both the contracts of Phil Jackson and O'Neal were up and the Laker brass had to make a decision. They let Jackson walk and traded O'Neal to the Heat in order to keep Bryant happy. Two seasons later, Shaq won a title in Miami while the Lakers lost to the Suns in the first round. After another first-round playoff exit in 2007, many questioned Bryant's legacy. That was until Phil returned and they traded for Pau Gasol. Jerry West, you sly dog you.