The Los Angeles Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal has revealed he thought news of the late Kobe Bryant’s death was a hoax at first and admitted he regretted not keeping in more regular contact with Bryant.

“I just broke down, the fact that I didn’t even get a chance to talk him,” O’Neal said on his An Evening with Shaq interview in Melbourne on Thursday night.

“He works, I work, I don’t like to bother people.

“We made history together, I should‘ve been the one to just call once a week or text once a month or once a year, [say]: ‘Happy birthday, how’s your kids?’ We never did that, so kind of still sits with me.”