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 NEW YORK (AP) - Just in case anybody had forgotten that Kobe Bryant has never won an NBA title without Shaquille O'Neal, the big man sent out a reminder.
The Phoenix Suns center can be seen rapping that ``Kobe couldn't do without me'' in a video posted online at celebrity news and gossip site TMZ.com
During the two-minute video, a grinning O'Neal lurches through an improvised rap in which he skewers the Lakers' star, with whom he won three straight NBA titles from 2000-2002 while with Los Angeles.
``I was freestyling. That's all. It was all done in fun. Nothing serious whatsoever,'' O'Neal told ESPN.com Monday. ``That is what MC's do. They freestyle when called upon. I'm totally cool with Kobe. No issue at all.''
O'Neal and Bryant last played together in 2004. After a long-simmering feud came to a boil in public, O'Neal was traded to Miami before the 2004-05 season, and won an NBA championship with the Heat in 2006.
Bryant and the Lakers didn't reach the finals again until earlier this month, when the Boston Celtics beat them 4-2.
``You know how I be,'' Shaq rapped. ``Last week Kobe couldn't do without me.''
O'Neal, who has recorded seven albums, also said he is ``the difference between first and last place'' and even took a jab at former New York Knicks center Patrick Ewing's lack of championship rings.
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