A fourth quarter spat between Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard during the Los Angeles Lakers season opener on Tuesday ended up being the most exciting part of the Lakers vs. Rockets game. It is apparent that Kobe and Dwight don’t care much for each other and each time Dwight comes back to Los Angeles for a game, there are sparks between Bryant and Howard.
According to ESPN on Wednesday, Lakers coach Byron Scott said the reason for the Kobe-Howard tiff isn’t complicated. “They don’t like each other, simple as that, ” says coach Scott regarding former teammates Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard.
The altercation between Kobe and Dwight started when Howard grabbed a rebound and Bryant tried aggressively to steal the ball. Still on the Laker’s back court, Dwight Howard swung wildly as he tried to create space between himself and Kobe Bryant. Instead, Dwight connected twice with his elbow and Kobe’s face.
After contact was made, Kobe and Dwight began to argue. Kobe Bryant could be seen telling Howard repeatedly, “Try me.” Then Kobe told Dwight, “You’re soft.”
Dwight was angry at Kobe because of the aggressive back court guarding. The Lakers were down by a substantial amount with no chance of a come back. Normally after a rebound, the opposing team would have already been running back up the court. Not Kobe Bryant though. Given the opportunity to get in Dwight Howard’s face, Kobe did just that.
Ultimately Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant had to be separated. After reviewing the play, Kobe Bryant received a personal foul and Dwight Howard received a flagrant foul 1. Both Bryant and Howard were charged with a technical foul.
The Houston Rockets ended up beating the Los Angeles Lakers with a score of 108-90. After the game, Dwight was asked about the altercation with Kobe. He said, “It’s stupid. We won the game. It’s over with. I mean, there’s no need to go into it. We won the game. It’s about basketball. I mean it’s over with. It’s nothing. I’m not even focused on it.”
Kobe Bryant did seem to stir up some trouble when interviewed after the game. Remember that he called Dwight Howard soft during the game. When asked about his beef with Dwight Howard, Kobe said, “You can’t help but like him. He’s a teddy bear. You can’t help but like him. I really meant that. He’s a really nice kid. But you know, when you’re competing, you have a goal in mind. I know one way to get there. There’s certain times when we didn’t see eye to eye, but that wasn’t one of those situations.”
What do you think of the Kobe-Howard tiff from Tuesday night? Will their feud die off or get bigger as the season progresses? Tell us what you think in the comments below.