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According to Stefan Bondy of the New York Daily News, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard "got into a heated exchange following a New Year's Day loss to the 76ers."
Bondy writes that after the loss to Philadelphia, Bryant called Howard soft and the Lakers center had to be restrained from "going at his teammate."
What's not clear if the altercation actually occurred.
Jarrod Rudolph of RealGM.com, a confidant of Howard, tweeted that the altercation didn't happen.
Ramon Shelburne of ESPNLA.com also tweeted, "Two Lakers sources have adamantly shot down the reported DwightKobe incident. One said, 'it's simply not true.'"
Unfortunately in this line of work, not every source tells the truth. Whether it's Bondy or RudolphShelburne who are mistaken, there's little doubt the Lakers are having significant issues this season.
Winning builds community but losing tears it apart, and the Lakers have lost 18 of 33.
The future of Howard, in the final year of his contract, isn't clear but Howard himself wouldn't be able to say with certainty what he plans to do in July, when free agency begins.
The Lakers may pull out of their dive. They may not. The organization may make a major trade, a minor one or hold fast.
All the Lakers need to do is finish in the top eight in the Western Conference. If they're playing their best basketball by April, a difficult regular season can be easily forgotten by a strong playoff run.
Of course, by the team's recent play there's no reason to suggest that they'll be able to pull much of anything together.
Whether Bryant and Howard are at each other's throats or bosom buddies isn't clear, although the two don't appear to be close.
The Lakers play on the road on back-to-back nights this week in Houston and San Antonio. They'll return home for a Friday battle against the Oklahoma City Thunder.
A six-game losing streak is very possible, but if the Lakers win all three? Suddenly any chemistry issues fade from memory.
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Although it seems pretty bad, Dwight Howard is saying his shoulder injury isn't as bad as everyone is making it out to be. The Los Angeles Lakers announced that Howard had a torn labrum in his shoulder, but Howard clarified yesterday. He said the injury is actually a separation from the bone - still a tear, though in medical terms.Dave McMenamin of ESPN Los Angeles says...
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The Dwight Howard experiment has gone very wrong in LA, so far. Is it because of his back, the coach, Kobe or Dwight himself is anyone’s guess.
It could be a combination of all that.
Things will go from bad to worse if his shoulder injury is anything serious. Here is what Dwight had to say.
“I would like to play but I just want to make sure that my shoulder is good to go,”...
Kobe Bryant was introspective after after the Lakers' 107-102 loss Friday to the Clippers.
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard witnessed a team with great chemistry Friday night in the Lakers' 107-102 loss to the Los Angeles Clippers, which he says he wants for the Lakers.
"Those guys on the Clippers team, they really enjoy each other off the court and it shows," Howard said Saturday via ESPN.
Howard says the Lakers still need to find their chemistry...
Just so everyone is aware, the Los Angeles Lakers lost, again. They were beat up by the Rockets and their problem may have been due to the lineup they put out on the court. The team is missing Dwight Howard and Pau Gasol, and we all know that Kobe Bryant can be a ball-hog at times, but this was taking it to another level. For what it is worth, this was Chris Webber’s suggestion H/T Game On!
Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard is out indefinitely with a torn labrum in his right shoulder, while forward Pau Gasol is out with a concussion, according to ESPN.
"I would like to play but I just want to make sure that my shoulder is good to go," Howard said after the Lakers' 112-105 loss to the Denver Nuggets. Click Link Below to Read Story!
Kobe Bryant vs. Dwight Howard
So much for the rumored fight between Los Angeles Lakers stars Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard. Bryant posted this photo to his Twitter page today.
"The mamba vs d12 !! It's on lol," Bryant wrote.
How dare they put Mike D'Antoni in the middle. Can we get this signed for WrestleMania, Vince McMahon?
More bad news in Laker land. The injury bug has bitten once again. Just two weeks after Steve Nash finally returned tot he court with his teammates, now Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard are out indefinitely. Dwight Howard suffered a torn labrum in his right shoulder during the Lakers loss to the Nuggets on Sunday. [...]
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