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Report: Dwight Howard mocked Kobe Bryant in All-Star locker room

Feb 19, 2013, 11:56 AM EDT

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Let’s start out right here — take this report with a grain of salt. Actually, a handful of kosher salt. I say that because there was no buzz about this in Houston. I say take the salt because every NBA reporter in America who breaks these kind of stories was in Houston and it leaked out through a celebrity page a couple days later. And I say grab salt because it seems over the top.

But the New York Post (another reason to take with salt) is reporting that Dwight Howard mocked Kobe Bryant behind his back in the All-Star Game locker room.

Relations between Kobe Bryant and his Lakers teammate Dwight Howard were beyond icy during the weekend’s All-Star game in Houston — with Howard mocking Bryant behind his back in the locker room, sources exclusively tell Page Six. Amid other reports that the Lakers’ chilly on-court chemistry was spilling into the locker room, we’re told that Howard “grabbed Kobe’s uniform, put it on, and imitated him in front of all the other players on the West team. He was joking and berating Kobe” to fellow NBA stars, including the Clippers’ Chris Paul and Blake Griffin and Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant. The source added Bryant later arrived in the locker room, “said hello to everyone on the team except Howard, grabbed his stuff and moved as far away from Howard as he could.”

Expect the denials from Howard in 5…4…3…

And I’ll actually believe Howard on this one. This report seems over the top, even for him. I feel I have to pass this report along, but I’ll say again I don’t believe it and won’t until we get better confirmation. Not that it’s impossible, I just don’t see it.

I will say that Dwight Howard seemed back to his joking, having fun self more over the weekend as attention was lavished on him and he was in a game without the weight of expectations and desperation that comes with the Lakers games now. He was taking half-court hook shots in All-Star warm-ups and shot a three pointer in the game. He liked the lighter mood of the weekend. Until people asked him about the Lakers, then he just seemed miserable again.

So where does the rumor come from? Well, if you were in Howard’s camp and wanted the Lakers to trade him, this would be a good rumor to start. If you were a team interested in trading for Dwight Howard or getting him as a free agent this summer, then leaking this kind of rumor to hopefully drive more of a wedge in the Lakers locker room is a strategy. But that’s very different than reality.

  1. fballlvr22 - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Can this Lakers non-sense please stop? I am so tired of hearing about the Lakers. I understand what they have meant to the league for years, but now between this website and SportsCenter I have had enough.

    • ss3walkman - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:37 PM

      Report: Every team has at least two players in the locker room who don’t get along.

      It’s life. I don’t get along with all my co-workers

    • fanofevilempire - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:29 PM

      and yet you don’t stop reading here and watching espn.

      • chitownmatt - Feb 19, 2013 at 3:53 PM

        Why does someone always have to have that same ridiculous childish answer to every comment critical of an article, “If you don’t like it then why did YOU read it?”

        Come’on, we are allowed to have opinions. We certainly couldn’t have opinions about the article if we didn’t read, right?

        That being said, I agree with Fuhballver, there are just too many Lakers-centric articles here about a team that probably won’t even make the playoffs.

      • mytthor - Feb 19, 2013 at 7:54 PM

        More people care about the Lakers than any other team. They were supposed to be good, if not great, according to just about every offseason prediction, and they aren’t. They’ve got 3 of the top players of the past decade. This is the biggest story in the NBA this season, by far. I’m so tired of hearing people complain about it. If you honestly don’t know why the stories are so widespread, you’re kidding yourself. It’s obvious why the Lakers get so much coverage, and it’s warranted. It’s tiresome to hear people complaining about it.

      • 00maltliquor - Feb 19, 2013 at 11:56 PM

        I agree 1,000% with mytthor.

        If this same team was assembled on, let’s just say …the Hawks, it would still be the same thing because of whose on there.

        Yes, of course the fact that this is the Lakers and everything The LAKERS do is BIG, but you got 3x MVPs (Nash-2, Bryant-1), 4x DPOY (Howard-3, Artest-1), 4 HOFers, one of the leagues top 3 greatest players ever. The Leagues best C. One of the all time greatest floor generals and shooters the game has seen. 6 players that have either one time or another been The Man on their respective former ball clubs (Bryant-Lakers, Nash-Suns, Howard-Magic, Gasol-Grizzlies, Artest-Pacers, Kings, Jamison-Wizards, Cavs *Agent Zero was hurt and suspended A LOT, post-LBJ Cavs*), and countless amounts of All-Star appearences.

        This team assembled should have been the Larry O’ fav-o-rites. Even with the Miami trio and the Thunder, -1 Harden. Or the Clips and CP3/Blake Griff’ and the superbench.

        No wonder why there is so much coverage. Just face facts. It is what it is.

  2. jmclarkent - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:04 PM

    Right off the bat I’m sure Dwight and Kobe have dissimilar jersey sizes…

    • dangernearing - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:20 PM

      Kobe wears his jersey X-tra huge. Something like 3 or 4X.

      • Paul Rizzuto - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:21 PM

        came in to say this, the story might be false, but not because of the jersey

  3. echech88 - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    When Kobe Bryant, Steve Nash and your own head coach are all challenging your commitment, it is probably best to just shut up. Too much smoke around Howard with all the stories and leaks for there not to be some fire somewhere.

    Give me someone with inferior stats who actually holds them self accountable instead of an overgrown teenager who points fingers at everyone else. Howard complaining about getting questioned why he was sitting out games when he is injured looks REALLY dumb when 1 week later he is insisting on playing in the All Star game.

    Lakers should cut ties because too many of their fans already hate the guy and he is too insecure to not be loved.

    • badintent - Feb 19, 2013 at 9:02 PM

      Hope Lakers give him max deal. It is Hollywood, Everyone is an actor for better or worst.He fits right in.The Dwiminator !

  4. dangernearing - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:11 PM

    Im so so so glad the Lakers traded for this guy and the Bulls. Or anyone else for that matter. Lakers have fleeced GMs for years regarding acquiring high-end talent for very little and then going on to big things. This time it looks unlikely.

  5. 1972wasalongtimeago - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:30 PM

    An article about who made fun of whom behind who’s back? Are we Middle School girls? Should there be an Anti Bullying Campaign for the benefit of NBA All-Stars/futureHall of Famers/multi millionaires?

  6. dls612 - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:36 PM

    This dude is always on clown mode all while his team is having a horrible season! Amazing!

    • southbeachtalent - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:53 PM

      yup, I’m waiting for the confrontation during a game. At some point Kobe is going to catch Dwight giggling while they are losing and he is going to lose it on him. Book it. Hope I catch it live..

      • progress2011 - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:55 PM

        Immediately after kobe “loses it” …I can then picture D12 bench pressing him about 20 times, in the opposite direction….ahahahaha

        Or if kobe does find a camera to pose for and “loses it” , I guarantee you, he will ensure there are coaches and players between the two of them.

        D12 Benches over 400 lbs….kobe MIGHT weigh 185 with combat boots on ….That would be hilarious….ahahaha

      • helinhater - Feb 19, 2013 at 5:26 PM

        Progress2011 – It doesnt matter what you bench if you’re a p*ssy to the core. And DHoward is one of the biggest p*ssies in the league. Having muscles doesnt make you a tough guy. Here’s betting Kobe, if he wanted to, could work the trinity on Howard almost as fast as he did it in Colorado.

      • progress2011 - Feb 19, 2013 at 6:27 PM


        Now what historical facts do you have of kobe being a tough-guy!

        When he SNITCHED on Shaq, Malone and the other guys on the team (after he was charged for the offense in Colorado)…Malone and Shaq were gonna break him in halves!

        If he was such a rough-neck, he would have bumped chests with those two.

        Instead, he hid like a church mouse……ahahahaha

        Fake MJ/ Harlem globetrotter is made for Hollywood….He ain’t gonna do NOTHIN unless there is a camera around.

  7. mogogo1 - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:37 PM

    What a job: Find improbable stories, perpetuate them, then throw a couple disclaimers in like “take this with a grain of salt” to make it look like you’re not spreading idle gossip.

    • thevza - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:16 PM

      That’s called real ace-reporting. [note: sarcasm intended] Maybe they should change the name of this page to Pro Basketball Hearsay, or Gossip.

  8. tampajoey - Feb 19, 2013 at 12:41 PM

    Dwight Howard’s a locker room cancer, a drama queen and an a$$hole… It wouldn’t surprise me.

    • chitownmatt - Feb 19, 2013 at 4:01 PM

      …and Kobe is a prima donna – put the two together and what do you have.?.?.?

      Anyway, this is all totally D’Antoni’s fault for not finding something else for his team and the media to fixate on. Even with the passing of Jerry Buss, this is what people are talking about.

      If D’Antoni were anything close to the coach the Laker’s need right now, he would have figured out a way to get this issue put to rest a while ago.

      • tampajoey - Feb 19, 2013 at 5:42 PM

        Mike Brown shouldn’t have been fired. D’Antoni was never a good fit for this team. Regardless, that doesn’t change the fact Dwight Howard’s a locker room cancer, a drama queen and an a$$hole

  9. ravensallday2012 - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:03 PM

    Lakers will win it all

    • southbeachtalent - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:27 PM

      If by that you mean they wont make it to the play-offs…

  10. Mr. Wright 212 - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:07 PM

    The Nets planted this story. I don’t even know why anyone reads the Post anymore. I grew up reading it for the sports, but the once-credible guys all post rumor and slant stories to get clicks now, so they’re not worth reading anymore.

    • southbeachtalent - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:28 PM

      that sounds like the media in general.

  11. sdemp - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:10 PM

    Lakers should trade superwoman ASAP. . . dump Pau Gasol too, although injury makes that kinda hard.

    • progress2011 - Feb 19, 2013 at 3:00 PM

      I agree. They are currently several games below .500.

      Trading Gasol and Howard would IMMEDIATELY make them a lottery team….


  12. freepretzels - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:20 PM

    To be honest, it was nice to see old Dwight back at the All Star game. There was a time when this guy was likeable.

    • helinhater - Feb 19, 2013 at 5:27 PM

      There was a time when Oscar Pistorious had legs and didn’t murder his GF. Those days are long gone.

  13. fanofevilempire - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    D-12 Haters, he will not be traded and I do believe he will sign an extension, if you want to win
    Gold Basketballs where do you go LA and Boston, Miami is capped out, Knicks have Tyson and
    as the wild card Brooklyn will probably stay as is.

    I believe Kobe is trying to get this kid to stop the clowning, do you see Kobe clowning and he is a winner, Howard has to get serious.

  14. fanofevilempire - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:40 PM

    D-12 Haters, he will not be traded and I do believe he will sign an extension, if you want to win
    Gold Basketballs where do you go LA and Boston, Miami is capped out, Knicks have Tyson and
    as the wild card Brooklyn will probably stay as is.

    I believe Kobe is trying to get this kid to stop the clowning, do you see Kobe clowning and he is a winner, Howard has to get serious.

  15. chargerdillon - Feb 19, 2013 at 1:53 PM

    Lets be fair, if this story was completely false in every way, most people would believe it based on the the way Dwight has carried himself all year long.

    When the team is in contention to win a game but ultimately loses because the opposing team in crunchtime can continually foul Dwight and allow him to lose the game on the free point line, it shows a certain lack of ownership in Dwights game that he cares to really take basketball and his own progression seriously.

    We know Dwight is a clown, he’s been a clown his entire career, it’s why he has no rings and probably never will.

    I liked Dwight and thought much higher of him till he ever came to the Lakers, now that I see his body of work on this team, I feel bad for the Magic, I feel bad for the Lakers, and I feel bad for whoever gets him next.

    • StephMula - Feb 19, 2013 at 4:05 PM

      Exactly…no one really understood what the Orlando fans went through with this guy. Too bad LA has to feel it now. Dwight loves the drama.

  16. ckinthekc99 - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:15 PM

    I don’t know about fellow Laker fans, but at this point if the Lakers don’t trade Howard I will be very ticked off! I don’t want to see this guy in a Laker uniform past this trade deadline, or any season following! Forget whether he will resign, he isn’t worth a max extension. I just hope there are a few teams who feel he still is

  17. teambringitstrong - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:17 PM

    Sick of D12 and his clown act. He doesn’t get the benefit of the doubt anymore. And for the clown that said the lakers have fleeced GMs for years? The good news is that’s not the stupidest thing you’ve said today.

  18. kb2408 - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:32 PM

    Mocking Kobe?! Dwight should be mocked for being a big yssup and a loser that has never won anything! I’m sick of this clown! He doesn’t deserve to wear the Purple and Gold! Every great Lakers big man has won at least one title. If the Lakers re-sign Dwight, that streak of success could end.

  19. crtzinc - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:34 PM

    This is laughable. Anyone can see the truth that this is someone’s last ditch attempt to try and get the Lakers to move Dwight before the deadline, and since it is the NY Post it is someone’s agenda to try what BS they can to get him to Brooklyn. It seems some Media and writers are full of themselves to possibly think that they can sway a major trade. Nobody aside from Laker fans want Dwight in L.A. because they can’t stand the fact that when Dwight comes back full strength that in 2014 free agents are going to to want to come to L.A. and play with him.

  20. klownboy - Feb 19, 2013 at 2:41 PM

    Ah the good ‘ol Lakers. Howard and Bryant are like oil and water, that’s just the way it is. That’s why I said this marriage would not last beyond the season.

  21. djstickypants - Feb 19, 2013 at 4:19 PM

    Reid Hooper hearts dwight howard.

  22. 3fingerlenny - Feb 19, 2013 at 4:30 PM


  23. Mr. Wright 212 - Feb 19, 2013 at 6:11 PM

    Dwight’s gotta go, man. Kobe is going to off that dude by May, I’m taking wagers o/u 17 more games before he snaps on live TV during a game.

    • progress2011 - Feb 19, 2013 at 7:00 PM


      We already had this EXACT discussion with dls612 above. Were you sleepin or did you feel left out of the conversation!

      (See Above)

      Re-posted in honor of your efforts….ahahah

      • Mr. Wright 212 - Feb 19, 2013 at 9:24 PM

        I like to have original, independent thoughts. No time to read through a bunch of comments sometimes, my God.

      • progress2011 - Feb 20, 2013 at 12:05 AM

        Mr. Wright…..that’s why most posters are so wrong about most topics and are FACTUALLY wrong !

        They are too lazy to READ !!!

        I once had a colleague tell me = ” they didn’t want to use the dictionary because the dictionary we had several hundred pages and they wanted a smaller dictionary with fewer pages to go thru”.

        Was that you !

  24. progress2011 - Feb 19, 2013 at 6:58 PM


    We already had this EXACT discussion with dls612 above. Were you sleepin or did you feel left out of the conversation!

    (See Above)

  25. allen227 - Feb 19, 2013 at 7:28 PM

    That’s why this clown will never be anything but another dunker. He’s a waste. To be the size he is but not be worth a $hit.

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