7:00am PT by THR Staff
Shaquille O'Neal on Kobe Bryant's Retirement: "A Poem, Seriously?"
When Shaquille O'Neal stopped by Late Night With Seth Meyers on Monday night, the host asked the athlete the same question many others have asked him recently: What does he think about Kobe Bryant's retirement announcement?
"The problem with megastars, when you play at a high level for so long and then you come back down to normality, it doesn't look right, it doesn't feel right. You start to question yourself: Is it really time to do something else?" said the Laker alum, whose career ended in injury.
"When you see Kobe Bryant with 12, 13 points, that's not the Kobe we know, love and remember," O'Neal continued of his former teammate. "So when he made the announcement, I wasn't really surprised. He's been doing it for so long: 20 years."
O'Neal tweeted well wishes to Bryant upon hearing the retirement news, but he may not have known that Bryant made the announcement via a published poem.
"No, he didn't — he did?! Like, 'Roses are red, violets are blue?' " O'Neal asked Seth Meyers. "A poem, seriously? You're pulling my leg!"
Watch the video below.