With losses, injuries and controversy piling up, Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard decided to respond with humor to all of the madness. The two superstars took to social media to poke fun at a report that they nearly came to blows in the locker room following a recent loss, and both categorically denied that such an incident ever took place. Per the LA Daily News and Times: “It’s funny,’ Howard said without smiling. ‘We’re losing. Every little story that comes out is geared toward breaking our team up. But we’re bigger than that. We’re stronger than that. We’re not going going to let anything divide us. Somebody has something against our team. It’s not us. Me and Kobe don’t have a problem with each other. It’s ridiculous. I just think it’s funny.’ Bryant labeled the report of a locker-room rumble as ‘not true.’ He also said, ‘It’s just been a tough year for everybody. When you go through a lot of adversity, it challenges you. Then it becomes something whether you choose to fight or you chose to run away from it. I believe we’ll choose to fight it.’ [...] ‘We all try to be professional about what we do,’ Bryant said. ‘I guess some people skate around that a little bit.’”