Oct 28, 2014; Los Angeles, CA, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) is elbowed by Houston Rockets center Dwight Howard (12) during the second half at Staples Center. Mandatory Credit: Richard Mackson-USA TODAY Sports
This dates back to two days prior, but sometimes I miss the scheduled bus time. How could it be missed that Kobe Bryant took a chance to lay some blows at Howard? The two never did seem to be buddies in Los Angeles, and one had to wonder if the famous Instagram pic of them pretending to duke it out was done merely to attempt to dispel the real tension that belied their relationship.
Kobe said, “(Dwight) elbowed me in the face, and I’m gonna let him know, I don’t like that. It’s that simple.”
Oct 29, 2014; Phoenix, AZ, USA; Los Angeles Lakers guard Kobe Bryant (24) against the Phoenix Suns during the home opener at US Airways Center. The Suns defeated the Lakers 119-99. Mandatory Credit: Mark J. Rebilas-USA TODAY Sports
It was also reported that Kobe referred to Howard as soft, but Dwight took the high road and didn’t chose to fire back any ammo of any sort.
“What do ya’ll want me to say? Because I’m not gonna give ya’ll nothing. We won the game. It’s over with…It’s nothing, I’m not even focused on it.”
Kobe still somehow closed matters cordially by remarking “You can’t help but like him…” but then went on to call him a “teddy bear.” That isn’t synonymous with warrior.
He also covertly questioned Howard’s competition, “You know, when you’re competing you have to have a goal in mind (and) I know one way to get there.”
Lastly Bryant admitted that there were certain times that they didn’t see eye to eye, but most notably during his tenure as a Laker, Howard stopped smiling.
That is very telling. Howard had been known for his grin ever since his rookie season, and it won a lot of fans over a a genuine smile. But in purple and gold, he brooded, he grimaced, and he never looked like he was having fun. Bryant could be an over-demanding teammate. It was said that Michael Jordan was the same way. Dwight likes to play, have fun and win while doing it. Kobe just wants to win. That is the difference, isn’t it?
Source: Baxter Holmes, ESPN