REPORT: Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard feuding, had to be separated
They couldn’t make it two months.
The New York Daily News is reporting that not only are the two Lakers superstars not enjoying each other’s company, they had to be separated in the locker room after their New Year’s Day loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
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.
The one time Kobe finally agrees with Shaq, and it’s about Dwight? For crying out loud. Oh, and it doesn’t stop there:
Howard was restrained from going at his teammate, according to the source.
Quotes from Lakers’ players in recent weeks have ranged from the seemingly innocuous, to downright poisonous. This gem, from Dwight Howard, takes the cake:
"We have to play like we like each other. Even if we don’t want to be friends off the court."
So, that’s a wrap on the Lakers’ 2012-2013 season, but what happens now?
Clearly, Kobe’s not going anywhere, but Dwight’s the Lakers’ future (supposedly). Will Dwight want to re-sign this Summer, knowing Kobe’s coming back (and that Kobe hates him)? If Dwight is open to re-signing (the Lakers have his Bird Rights, and can pay him far more money to stay in LA than any other team), would the team be able to convince these two to play together? Would that even make sense? Do the Lakers believe Dwight will ever be 100% again?
Will Kobe push for a trade, or is Kobe an expert on knowing how to win with a teammate he hates? The talk has been about moving Pau Gasol, but if LA can swap Dwight Howard for Kevin Love, do they pull the trigger? Is this report, from an anonymous source in New York City (the Nets would have all the reason in the world to make this up) legitimate?
Lots of dumb questions need to be answered. Stay tuned!