EL SEGUNDO, CA -There was a tense moment at the Lakers' training facility Monday afternoon when center Dwight Howard was a bit miffed by a question concerning his relationship with Brooklyn guard Deron Williams.
When a reporter asked Howard if he had talked with Williams and settled any differences they might have - implying that WIlliams was upset with him for choosing to approve a trade to the Lakers rather than Brooklyn - Howard said: "Smooth things over. Why? That was my decision, my life. If he's upset because I made a decision for me, so be it. If he doesn't want to be friends because I'm on another team, so be it. There's no need to smooth things over."
It will be interesting to see if there will be any pre-game niceties between the two on Tuesday night at Staples Center. The two have always reportedly been very close and Williams was the Nets' chief recruiter as the team tried to persuade Howard to move his game to the New York borough.