Posted February 19, 2013

Report: Dwight Howard mocked Kobe Bryant at All-Star Weekend?

2013 All-Star Weekend, Ben Golliver, Dwight Howard, Kobe Bryant, Los Angeles Lakers
Kobe Bryant, left, and Dwight Howard pose at 2013 All-Star Weekend. (Jennifer Pottheiser/Getty Images)

Kobe Bryant, left, and Dwight Howard pose at 2013 All-Star weekend. (Jennifer Pottheiser/Getty Images)

By Ben Golliver

Dwight Howard barely made a peep in the All-Star Game, scoring nine points and grabbing seven rebounds in just 14 minutes, but his alleged antics behind the scenes have surfaced in the tabloids.

The New York Post’s Page Six reports that Howard mocked Lakers teammate Kobe Bryant in the All-Star locker room.

Relations between Kobe Bryant and his Lakers teammate Dwight Howard were beyond icy during the weekend’s All-Star game in Houston — with Howard mocking Bryant behind his back in the locker room, sources exclusively tell Page Six. Amid other reports that the Lakers’ chilly on-court chemistry was spilling into the locker room, we’re told that Howard “grabbed Kobe’s uniform, put it on, and imitated him in front of all the other players on the West team. He was joking and berating Kobe” to fellow NBA stars, including the Clippers’ Chris Paul and Blake Griffin and Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant.

The source added Bryant later arrived in the locker room, “said hello to everyone on the team except Howard, grabbed his stuff and moved as far away from Howard as he could.” Despite a recent clear-the-air meeting in Memphis, relations haven’t thawed. At the game, Bryant said, “It doesn’t matter” what his team does with Howard as the trade deadline approaches. Reps for Bryant and Howard didn’t get back to us last night.

Howard was in full goofball mode on All-Star Sunday, chucking up halfcourt shots during warm-ups, giggling with Griffin on the bench, launching a three-pointer during the game and joining with Griffin in pretending to imitate a two-man gymnastics acts that performed on the court during a deal ball.

It’s worth noting that imitating Bryant is one of Howard’s go-to gimmicks. The Los Angeles Daily News reported back in August, shortly after the Lakers traded for him, that Howard imitated Bryant in front of reporters.

After the news broke Thursday, Howard’s phone rang.  A familiar voice was on the line.

“Wassup, Dwight, how you doing?” Howard said, imitating new teammate Bryant’s deep growl as reporters began to laugh in recognition. “Yo, yo, yo, L.A. is happy to have you, you know. I’m happy for you.”

Howard has gone back to the gimmick throughout the season, according to various reports.

Also worth noting: the context of Bryant’s “It doesn’t matter” quote. The Los Angeles Times reported the full statement.

“I don’t know what they are going to do,” Bryant said Sunday at Toyota Center after helping the West defeat the East, 143-138, in the All-Star game. “But at this point … , it doesn’t matter. what matters to us is what we do on Wednesday [against the Boston Celtics] and go from there.

“That’s the most important thing. That’s my message to the team is that you can’t worry about the future, you can’t worry about the past, you just have to focus on the present and we really have to maximize every single game.”

Given that Mitch Kupchak has publicly stated that Howard will not be traded before the Feb. 21 deadline and that Howard confirmed to reporters in Houston this weekend that he has been told by management that he will not be traded, it’s reasonable to conclude that Bryant was simply dismissing the rumors rather than Howard’s importance to the Lakers.

This isn’t the first time Howard and Bryant have reportedly been at odds behind the scenes. Back in January, a report surfaced indicating that Bryant and Howard were involved in a “heated exchange” after a loss. The pair mocked the report by posting a photo of themselves fake sparring in the training room.

When Howard sat out to rest a shoulder injury earlier this month, Bryant suggested the Lakers needed more urgency and that the team “didn’t have time” for Howard’s shoulder to heal. That prompted Howard’s father to criticize Bryant and Lakers coach Mike D’Antoni. The Lakers collectively did their best to sweep that situation under the rug.

The personality differences between these two players — whether any particular report is accurate, stretched or invented — aren’t going anywhere. Neither Howard nor Bryant has shown any inclination to bend his ways to accommodate the other. The larger question hanging over all of this is whether the Bryant/Howard pairing can be functional on the court heading into next year and beyond. If there aren’t signs of progress down the stretch as the Lakers mount a playoff push, momentum will mount behind the notion that Howard isn’t worth all the baggage he brings.

20 comments
jjohnv2004
jjohnv2004

C'mon fellas I know you're not going to fall for this.  This is a totally made up story.  Think about it.  How convenient was it that Kobe was the only player not in the dressing room?  What player would have the nerve to put on another player's uniform, especially Kobe's?  What player doesn't know if any of his equipment, personal stuff has been messed with?   How can Dwight fit into Kobe's uniform?  No NBA player would find disrespectful action like this funny.  These writers are always combing the bottom of the cesspool looking for a breaking "scoop" but I can guarantee you this isn't true.

o1
o1

Dwight Howard and Deron Williams are cancers and coach killers. They're acting like clowns at the point when their performances are on a very low level.

Tom Tucker
Tom Tucker

As a Laker fan, I'd rather have DeMarcus Cousins than Dwight Howard on the roster. At least Cousins cares. Howard is a clown. 

JayTaylor
JayTaylor

D12 needs to grow up.

This ain't some small town Orlando. This is LA and the big leagues. Being a nice guy doesn't bring championships.

- In LA, we don;t care about your stand-up routine, all we want is trophies.

 

Mocking your own teammate (and one as esteemed as Kobe Bryant?)Grow up, or get out.

 

 

dkilgored
dkilgored

"Oh, we love D12! He's the best."  "Oh, we hate D12! He's the worst!"  Do LA/Bryant fans have any idea how ridiculous they are?

Eli...
Eli...

If Dwight had half the heart Kobe has, the question would be... Who will the Lakers beat in the Finals?

Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask
Papi Del Negro..... Dont ask

Truer words have never been spoken yet somehow the clown got an undeserving nod to the all star game because of voting and just makes a bigger ass out of himself than he already is if these reports are accurate. Shaquille= 4 rings, Kobe=6 rings, until this dumba$& wins a ring he needs to shut the hell up and produce in the game of basketball and not the game of comedy.

AbuBakar
AbuBakar

Professional Athelets,Entertainers,and Gov Officials are Hoarding the wealth, Dwight Howard and the rest of them over payed,(except Kobe) individuals need a reality check, try working a blue collar job like a plumber, carpenter, teacher, cashier, most of us can't even afford to go see one of the games at the arenas let alone take your kids, be thankful ,personally I'm disgusted at DH performance, the lakers however deserve the situation that they find theirselves in for trading, Odom, Fisher, Shannon Brown, Trevor , the list goes on!

iv3rson003
iv3rson003

I'm still laughing to myself at all you Laker Fans who are now seeing Howard for the fake that he is... 6 months ago you were smack-talking and celebrating and now you can't find a positive post about DH anywhere from a Laker Fan. Hopefully this experience has humbled you so that you don't just look at a guy's stats but look at the guy himself. I told everyone out there that Dwight was the opposite of a leader and you don't want him on your team, but no one could see the truth... YOU DO NOT WANT THIS POISON ON YOUR TEAM!

kidbobbo
kidbobbo

Dwight wishes he were a copy of Shaq...Shaq has MANY rings. Shaq IS tough, and is motivated, even if a bit on the lazy side at times when it comes to working on conditioning. However, Shaq wanted to win, and was determined in the games to do so. Shaq did not laugh off ineptitude. Dwight will never reach his potential if he doesn't get serious and get determined.

Linducia
Linducia

what a punk ass crybaby...get lost Dwight you are poison

 

bobbEdigital
bobbEdigital

Dwight Howard is the all time king of the A-- clowns. 

ppd3195
ppd3195

 @jjohnv2004 Geez, this post fails everywhere.  1 - Where did it say Kobe was the only person NOT in the locker room?  2 - What player would have the nerve?  Howard...the guy who demanded a trade, opted in for another year, then again demanded a trade.  3 - Who said Kobe didn't know it was messed with?  4 - Who said the uniform actually fit Howard?  It was supposed to be mocking, according to the article.  5 - Who said any of the other players found it funny?  I'd imagine, if this is true, that guys like Durant and CP thought Howard was an a**clown and are hoping to never have to play with him.

ppd3195
ppd3195

 @dkilgored Only a hater missed all of the Laker fans that were openly posting their cautious optimism at the Howard trade.  Cautious...

o1
o1

 @dkilgored Lakers fans (and most people)  think it was just a fluke with Stan Van Gundy. Now everybody knows who Dwight Howard really is.

 

I'm not a fan of Shaq but now i understand why he don't like Dwight Howard.

ppd3195
ppd3195

 @iv3rson003 Again, haters...plenty of Laker fans were openly concerned at the potential negative the DH trade brought with it. That concern has been proven true.  When faced with the big boy decisions he was faced with in Orlando, he acted like a child.  He's doing the same thing now.  And in hindsight, it is easy to say that he didn't have a chance of being a big boy in the face of such a driven and demanding player as Kobe.