Posted January 07, 2013

Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard reportedly feuding in Los Angeles

Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard

Kobe Bryant (right) is averaging a league-high 30.5 points per game. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

By Ben Eagle

A frustrating season in Laker Land might finally be hitting a boiling point.

According to a report in the New York Daily News, following a New Year’s Day loss to the 76ers, the Lakers two biggest stars, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard, almost came to blows.

A league source told the Daily News that the Lakers stars got into a heated exchange following a New Year’s Day loss to the 76ers, and Bryant went for a low blow – referencing and agreeing with Shaquille O’Neal’s criticisms of Howard being soft.

Howard was restrained from going at his teammate, according to the source, and there have been rumblings from the center’s camp that he’s been unhappy with Bryant since earlier in the season.

Bryant, long a Twitter hold out, tweeted that the incident didn’t happen.

Ramona Shelburne of ESPNLA also said that her sources have denied the incident took place.

The Lakers sit at 15-18, losers of three straight. Howard, who criticized the Lakers’ chemistry after their 107-102 loss to the Clippers Friday, is set to be a free agent at season’s end. He is averaging 17.3 points, 12.4 rebounds and 2.6 blocks.

This represents just the latest big-man feud for Bryant, who has traded barbs with O’Neal and taken shots at former L.A. big men Kwame Brown and Andrew Bynum. “That was a different dynamic. Shaq and I were a different dynamic,” Bryant told ESPNLA when asked to compare his relationship with Howard to his relationship with O’Neal. “That just wasn’t going to last.”

Will Bryant and Howard learn to co-exist? Only time will tell.

19 comments
SukeMadiq
SukeMadiq

Dwight should beat his rapist ass.

M24
M24

This was reported by a Brooklyn Nets beat writer nowhere near Staples Center and has been refuted by multiple sources who cover the Lakers directly. The Nets want Dwight to leave LA and come to Brooklyn- this is manufactured pot-stirring on the part of Brooklyn, nothing more.

 

Still though- Dwight Howard is petulant, lazy, and a deeply unserious basketball player, for all his incredible natural ability. Kobe may be a world-class jerk, but he's earned the right to do and say what he wants. Steve Nash, too.

 

Also note that Nash, Kobe and Pau have all gotten along like brothers, despite Nash's injury and Pau's terrible season. Dwight Howard is proving to be as poisonous as many of us feared.

First L1
First L1

Karl Malone said Kobe "is the worst teammate I ever played with."  He said that during the 2004 finals against Detroit, Kobe "sabotaged" the last game by just jacking up shots.  Kobe is a cancer in the locker room.  Ask Shaq.

Bowler
Bowler

Kobe gets along with no one, but it's always their fault, right?  Kobe and Barry Bonds would get along real well for sure.

danbernhardt
danbernhardt

so numerous sources, including players, say it never happened, yet you still write an article about it. Just another case of "journalists" creating the news instead of reporting the news.

M20
M20

Dwight needs to back off. Their only chance at making something of this season is if he falls in line and lets Kobe lead. Kobe is doing his part by being less of a ballhog this season and it's resulting in increased efficiency and arguably his best offensive season yet. Dwight on the other hand is underperforming. He needs to shut up and step up.

SWIFTSLICK
SWIFTSLICK

And in other news, the sky is blue. 

MikeLee1
MikeLee1

the rapist will never win another ring

 

MJ23 forever

corkpuller
corkpuller

Lakers should be doing Cialis Commercials. And be using it

lshaffer_69
lshaffer_69

Here is how I see it.  Kobe wants to win and Howard wants to make money and have fun.

Pistolj7
Pistolj7

How (exactly) is Kobe "being less of a ballhog this season"? He takes an average of 22 shots per game. I guess that's ONE (whole) shot less than last year (LOL). Thank God for Melo whoe taking 21.1. At least unlike last year, someone else is over 20. Kobe takes more than 27% of the Lakers shots. (Btw, Melo takes 25% of the Knicks'). It translates to wins for the Knicks, though (23-10). Don't you wish you can say the same for Kobe and the Lakers?

pcwhite2
pcwhite2

 @MikeLee1 

 

He was not a rapist - please stop lying.  The nutbag he screwed was just that - a nutbag, and a liar. 

pcwhite2
pcwhite2

 @lshaffer_69 

I agree, although Kobe does need to share the rock more (and I am a Kobe supporter "100").  If he did that, D12 and Nash would be fine and they would win more.

 

The problem with the team is that D'Antoni was a terrible selection.  He knows nothing of defense.  He is jealous of his players' success and is mercurial in his attitudes towards players (look at the way he treats Antoine Jamison, even though Antoine was balling before being stupidly benched).