Here’s something from the New York Post:
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.
You may have to take this with a grain of salt considering the source. Can you picture Dwight Howard doing this? I don’t know but he seemed to be the Dwight Howard of old during All-Star weekend. It was a lighter environment and he looked ultra-relaxed, smiling and joking a lot. Also, he was putting up halfcourt hook shots during All-Star practice and three-pointers during the game. Howard seemed free of all the pressure and criticism from Los Angeles.
But if he did do this (and I don’t believe Dwight did), it’ll continue the seemingly-icy relationship between the goofy Howard and the serious Kobe Bryant. In any case, this is the only source that has reported on this supposed behavior by Dwight so until then, it’s hard to believe this story. Also, if you look at the source, it’s from New York. You don’t think they are angling for some sort of trade, are they?
The Lakers resume their regular season against the Boston Celtics at Staples Center on Wednesday. The Lakers are going to look to get revenge from a Boston blowout.