Lakers Rumors: Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard Fight Rumors Exaggerated?

Lakers Rumors: Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard Fight Rumors Exaggerated?


NBA: Denver Nuggets at Los Angeles LakersAfter the Lakers lost to the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night, a report surfaced that said Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard were at each other’s throats after an earlier loss this season. On New Year’s Day the Lakers fell to the Philadelphia 76ers, and according to the New York Daily News Kobe and Howard had a heated exchange following the contest.

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.

This quote came from Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, and would be the latest incident in a long line of unfortunate events that seem to have overtaken the Lakers.

But, according to Ramona Shelburne of ESPN Los Angeles, who is quickly becoming one of the best beat writers in the business, this report simply isn’t true.

I guess that’s encouraging, right? Maybe? A little bit?

Even if the reports are false, which I’m going to take Ramona’s word on it because she’s usually spot on with her reports. But the fact that this spat even has to be denied in the first place is the problem, folks. Things aren’t going well for the Lakers, and when there are rumors of infighting and nonsense going on behind the scenes, that’s a very troubling thing.

  • Rigged4fun

    Losing causes flareups between the best of teammates. Unfortunately Dwight is a very emotional player and from what I see tends to be more vocal about his displeasures openly. Kobe is probably at a place of his career watching one of his best statistical years sail by, and is frustrated by the idea of winning that ring is floating away. No matter how much talent you have, and their demeanors you still have to play defense and that’s not happening. So the Lakers score 100 and the team they’re playing scores 102. Offensively they are doing the job…but defensively they can’t stop anyone. Unfortuantely Mike D’Antoni’s lack of defensive attention is keeping the Lakers from winning. It’s not the chemistry on offense…..

  • Laker James Brooks

    Kobe should be the only one frustrated. Hes the only one producing and doing anything for his team.

  • Michael Daniels

    Its the same as last year!!! No offensive direction. This year no defensive direction. That means NO ORGANIZATION. Who is to blame?…Answer… THE COACH! Two bad coaching hires in a row! Who is to blame for THE COACH? Answer… THE GM (or should I say in this case) THE OWNERSHIP!!!! No wonder Phil wanted more power, its a circus in the front office at LAKERLAND!!!! Who would want to coach for those idiots???? That’s why Jeannie should be in charge. She is ownership, but she would let the others DO THE JOB THEY WERE HIRED TO DO, and stop playing let’s HATE ON PHIL JACKSON!!!! THOUGHT… Even if you don’t hire Phil Jackson, get a Phil guy for cheap…. BShaw, KRambis, or DFish. Or give it to a Laker Legend who wants to coach like… KAREEM ABDUL JABBAR.. he is the GREATEST BASKETBALL PLAYER EVER!!!!!!!.. Who wouldnt listen to him???? I would

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  • honestly

    d’antoni was the wrong choice, the lakers were doing good with the princeton and were starting to get the offense, but their coaches and players only focused on the offense and didnt do much in defense.. looks like my boy kobe will b stucked at 5 :(