FIRST TAKE: Shaq on Kobe ‘You don’t know what you have until it’s gone’

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Shaquille O’Neal Kobe Bryant

As you get older, no saying becomes more true and in many ways painful than, “you don’t know what you have until it’s gone.” That’s what Shaq had to say about his relationship with Kobe during Wednesday’s appearance on ESPN’s First Take.

Obviously Shaq and Kobe Bryant have done just fine in life after their divorce, but “the most dominant 1-2 punch, little guy, big guy, ever created” probably would have won more championships if they stayed together and many more if they would have realized how lucky they were to have the other.

This is normally where we would insert some videos of them winning championships together but I’m going to flashback to when they first started playing together and I was recording every highlight I could of each player on VHS tapes (the 97 mix below) because I did realize how special they were going to become.

And since we are back in 1997 and talking about not appreciating things until they are gone, here’s one of the best songs from 1997: Janet Jackson and Q-Tip’s “Got Till It’s Gone.”