When the already irrelevant Kobe Bryant-Shaquille O’Neal feud came to a symbolic end on Monday, basketball fans in Los Angeles and beyond acted as though two warring nations just signed a historic peace treaty. In reality, it had as much impact as the declaration of a new Canada-Switzerland maple syrup embargo. The duo’s relationship had been overhyped from the second Kobe donned the purple and gold and bought into his own hype. As their friendship deteriorated, a potentially dominant partnership met an early end. A person with any knowledge of storytelling knew exactly how this Hollywood melodrama would end. AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Kobe meets Shaq, Kobe likes Shaq, Kobe and Shaq get together, Kobe and Shaq have a honeymoon, Kobe and Shaq have a falling out, Kobe and Shaq go through a bitter divorce, Kobe and Shaq reconcile, embracing each other on the Staples Center floor like a couple of lovestruck soul mates. If this sounds familiar, it’s because you’ve seen it hundreds of times, and yes, it was this nauseating every time. The only reason this alleged feud ever existed is because the media realized how few interesting stories there are in today’s NBA sorry Mr. Stern and perpetuated this fantasy of the two most recognizable basketball stars in the world sorry Mr. James hating each other’s guts. Hyped up as a bitter rivalry, the truth of the matter is that these two giant egos simply couldn’t exist on the same team. Sure, there was animosity, but this is the NBA we’re talking about. You know, the league where a ticking time bomb is the biggest trade rumor of the winter, a guy named Kermit once threw the most vicious punch this side of Catskill, New York, and these same two feuding superstars once won three championships. After Monday, the potential Shaq-Andrew Bynum feud is already ten times more interesting than Kobe v. Shaq ever was, if only for the fact that without Bryant’s efforts for peace on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, no less Bynum may have been on the opposite end of a legendary O’Neal haymaker. Assuming he missed Brad Miller’s self-defense lesson, the results could have been disastrous. The already fading interest in the Kobe-Shaq storyline is now extinct, for all our sakes. Now, we can return to more urgent NBA news, like why Von Wafer is still on an NBA roster.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!