Kobe Bryant was cornered by reporters after Tuesday's practice.
The Lakers superstar is known for his bluntness. He's known for calling things as he sees them, regardless of the consequences.
So why then didn't Bryant stick up for Dwight Howard after Shaq offended his current big fella, saying that Philadelphia's Andrew Bynum and Brooklyn's Brook Lopez were better than Howard.
"That's just his job, to make opinions," Bryant said of O'Neal, initially echoing his politically correct response from earlier this week.
Then Bryant took a stand.
"I mean, Dwight is going to be one of the greatest centers of all time," he said. To say anything else is "laughable," he declared.
That's the Bryant we know and love.
Bryant went on to compare the two centers.
"Shaq has three Finals MVPs and a myriad of championships, but Dwight does have three defensive player of the year awards, something that Shaq was never able to accomplish," he said. "So I think there's a lot to be said for Dwight an...