According to the NY Daily News, a source said Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant got into a heated exchange following the Jan. 1 loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.
One could say the writing was on the wall that such an altercation would eventually erupt, as Kobe told Howard he would be the third option if he arrived in L.A.
Howard at the time saw no problem with that prospect, but has clearly grown frustrated with the lack of team play, and he has said the Lakers the aspects that he believes separates them from the elite teams in the league.
“Look at the difference between our team and the Clippers,” Howard stated. “They just play together; they share the ball…everybody’s excited when something happens.”
The only excitement in L.A. is the kind no Laker fan idealizes: a verbal feud between the 34-year-old Bryant and the young Howard, whose playful nature has drawn criticism from Kobe, and even been interpreted as “soft” play.
The feud between Bryant and Howard stemmed from such accusations, as Bryant reportedly agreed with the references of Howard’s softness as labelled by his arch-nemesis Shaquille O’Neal. Howard reportedly had to be restrained from going at the Mamba, and he’s been visibly upset with Bryant all season.
L.A.’s chemistry issues could end up being Brooklyn’s gain.
Howard is an unrestricted free agent at the end of the season, and Brooklyn’s interest in the three-time Defensive Player of the Year has been no secret, dating back to last season when they attempted to trade Brook Lopez to the Magic in exchange for Howard.
That same offer may end up being on the table again, but with Howard’s new team.