While Shaq was pissed to see Kobe win rings without him, Kobe claims that he didn't get mad when Shaq won a ring after he left Los Angeles. He said that it served as extra motivation for him.

"I knew it was going to push me more," he said. "I always wanted to get where Magic was, to where Michael was, so four wasn't something that was on my radar. It pushed me even more. It drove me even more. So when I got five [rings], I couldn't help but turn the knife a little bit."