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Kobe Bryant Best Teammates

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Vote up the best teammates Kobe ever had.

Who is Kobe Bryant's best teammate ever? Drafted to replace Magic Johnson as the face of the Lakers franchise the year the All Star point guard retired, the Black Mamba had a lot of NBA All Star teammates over the course of his long and storied NBA career. Kobe Bryant's greatest teammates have included NBA champions, longtime journeyman, and the rare talented rookie here and there. But who is the best Kobe Bryant teammate of all time? Which of Kobe's teammates throughout his entire career do you love? 

When it comes to Kobe Bryant's best teammates, Shaquille O'Neal has to be at the top. The duo joined forces to win three straight NBA titles for the Los Angeles Lakers. Other Kobe Bryant teammates like Derek Fisher, Pau Gasol, Metta World Peace, and Andrew Bynum were instrumental in title runs alongside Kobe. Lest we forget, Kobe Bryant teammates Rick Fox, Robert Horry, Trevor Ariza, and Lamar Odom, who are among some the best NBA players of all time.

Whether it was when he wore #8, or after he switched to #24, vote up the best Kobe Bryant teammates, and help decide which of Kobe Bryant's All Star teammates was #1.

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  • Shaquille O'Neal
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    Shaq is one of the greatest basketball players and centers of all time. After four years with the Magic, O'Neal signed as a free agent with the Los Angeles Lakers, who had just drafted a rookie shooting guard named Kobe Bryant. Together, the dynamic duo won three consecutive championships in 2000, 2001, and 2002. In all of which, Shaq earned NBA Finals MVP. Shaq was a 15x All Star, 8x All-NBA First Team, and won MVP of the league in 2000. His number 34 is retired by Los Angeles Lakers.

    • Position: Center
    • Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey
    • Teams: Los Angeles Lakers
  • Pau Gasol
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    Gasol is regarded as one of the greatest power forwards and also one of the greatest European players of all time. He was the first non-American player to win Rookie of the Year. He was a six-time NBA All-Star and a four-time All-NBA team selection. He won two NBA championships, both with the Los Angeles Lakers back-to-back in 2009 and 2010.

    • Position: Power forward, Center
    • Birthplace: Barcelona, Spain
    • Teams: Los Angeles Lakers
  • Trevor Ariza
    Photo: bridgetds / flickr / CC-BY-NC-ND 2.0

    Ariza's time playing with Kobe was brief, but the small forward was a part of an iconic Lakers' lineup at the end of a decade that won the 2009 NBA championship. That year, Ariza played in all 82 games and shot an automatic 47.6% from three point range during the playoffs. 

    • Position: Small forward
    • Birthplace: Miami, Florida
    • Teams: Los Angeles Lakers
  • Metta World Peace
    Photo: Keith Allison / Wikimedia Commons

    In the summer of 2009, Ron Artest joined the reigning NBA champion Lakers in free agency. He won his first championship ring with the Lakers, after Artest scored 20 points in Game 7 and sank the team's last field goal – a three-pointer late in the fourth quarter – to virtually seal the victory. Artest changed his name to Metta World Peace during the offseason. He came into training camp for the 2011-12 season out of shape. Consequently, new Lakers coach Mike Brown moved World Peace to a reserve role with reduced playing time. World Peace lamented that Brown's coaching style placed too much emphasis on statistics. After stints overseas, World Peace later re-joined the Lakers in Kobe's last year to play with his friend one last time.

    • Position: Small forward
    • Birthplace: Queensbridge, New York
    • Teams: Los Angeles Lakers