As the Lakers struggle to play up to expectations, many around the NBA community can't help but look back to better times. When it comes to the Purple and Gold, few stretches of their history can compare to the Shaq and Kobe era of the early 2000s.

Together, the duo formed one of the most powerful tandems in league history. Shaq's interior dominance coupled with Kobe's perimeter brilliance made for an absolutely seamless pairing.

When talking about their time together, it's often that fans debate on which player was most important to the team's overall success. While a solid case can be made for either, no consensus has been reached.