AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORESanta Anita opens winter meet Saturday with loaded card Rivalries. The intense battles of two legendary warriors. The drama of closely matched combatants going toe-to-toe, giving their best, and bringing out the best in each other. Russell-Chamberlain. Ali-Frazier. Bird-Magic. Red Sox-Yankees. With these things in mind, the Shaq-Kobe rivalry doesn’t really stack up. Different positions, twice-yearly meetings, no championship battles (yet), make this much to do about very little. Is it becoming? If rivalries are blue suits, this is a pair of brown shoes. Since this was mostly a one-sided affair, with Shaq yakking and Kobe ignoring, the end of this thing went as it should have. Taking his cues from Pat Riley and Bill Russell, Shaq stepped to Kobe and extended the olive branch. Kobe responded in kind. Now, with all of the garbage out of the way, these two megastars can get to work creating a rivalry where it counts: on the court. Not in the newspapers, not in the magazines, but on the hardwood, where legends are made and legendary battles are won. Is it becoming? The old girl never looked better. The anticipation of things to come? The endless hype, no matter how unnecessary? The intense battles between two mighty adversaries? Or is it the end of aggressions; the forging of peaceful relations? 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Ever since The Trade, the Shaq/Kobe has been on the front burner during nearly every discussion of the NBA season. Who’s going to say what; what’s going to happen when they meet; how will they react? With all that drama taking place, it’s no wonder that everybody drooled like newborns whenever the subject arose. Buzz, however, does not make a great rivalry. Is it becoming? Well, it might make the main course, but it’s only potatoes, not the steak. The media, searching for the Next Big Story, jumped on this like a pack of wolves. Shaq, fully stocked with cute quotes and witty one-liners, kept the hype machine fueled up and ready to roll over anything (including good sense). It is a measure of the hype when seemingly half of all of the stories about Kobe or Shaq included something about their counterpart. The problem here is that this was mostly media driven, with reporters continuing to broach the subject despite its irrelevance. Is it becoming? In an Oscar night ensemble, this isn’t even the borrowed diamond necklace. It’s the fancy hairdo, not the Versace gown.