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Monday, January 7th, 2013 at 10:05 am  |  76 responses

Kobe Bryant Reportedly Told Dwight Howard He’s Soft


Make no mistake, the Kobe Bryant/Dwight Howard partnership hasn’t exactly worked out so far. The two have yelled at one another, there’s talk of bad team chemistry, and with the Los Angeles Lakers now at 15-18, things are only getting worse. According to the NY Daily News — which, of course, considers this a good sign for the Brooklyn Nets — Kobe called Dwight soft after a recent loss, and Howard had to be restrained from going after his teammate: “Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant just can’t get along, and there’s a team in Brooklyn that might be waiting to pick up the pieces. A league source said that the Lakers stars got into a heated exchange following a New Year’s Day loss to the 76ers, and Bryant went for a low blow – referencing and agreeing with Shaquille O’Neal’s criticisms of Howard being soft. Howard was restrained from going at his teammate, according to the source, and there have been rumblings from the center’s camp that he’s been unhappy with Bryant since earlier in the season. [...] Howard, a pending free agent, has not committed to Los Angeles beyond this season. If the Lakers decide Howard won’t re-sign, they risk losing him for nothing and it becomes more likely they trade the six-time All-Star. The Nets spent all of last year trying to acquire Howard, who admitted in October that Brooklyn was his preferred destination. The Nets are in a position to put together an enticing package if they know Howard would sign long-term to play with Deron Williams. The Nets’ previous proposals to the Magic centered around Brook Lopez, who is having a breakthrough season coming off foot surgery.”

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  • JML-G

    its a wrap i guess and Dwightmare lives again.. Lakers would be really smart to trade Dwight for Brook Lopez – both Lakers and Nets would benefit greatly.

  • Jay Cutler

    This will be a popular page shortly.

    All I can do is smile. Kobe has real limits and its getting apparent that Phil was more instrumental than we knew in soothing some of those shortcomings.

  • Redd

    Dwight isn’t going to the the Nets…lol why do people still think that?

  • https://twitter.com/Wayne__o BuenoWayno1

    I’m starting to like this grumpy old cantankerous verson of Kobe. The hilarity ensues

  • http://www.facebook.com/trafalgar.law.146069 Traffy Law

    first the coach->bench->injured pg->pau->dwight..
    whose next to the LAL blame game? be ready LAL fans coz your next!
    lakers fans not cheering enough to help laker win a game!

  • j

    dwight is so over rated! cant even play with his back to the basket.

  • http://www.slamonline.com/ Nick Tha Quick

    And so it begins…

  • TSmoove

    Maybe this is why he created a twitter, to go off on Dwight. I would enjoy that twitter beef

  • Fat Lever

    Looks like the pressure of #6 is getting to #24. He appears to so badly want to get that 6th title so, maybe in his mind, he’s on par with MJ.

    Not going to happen, even if it does.

  • spit hot fiyah

    does Lopez solve any of the lakers problems? they get worse at defense and rebounding if they make this trade, Howard almost avg twice as many rebounds as brook

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    I think he’s just frustrated with losing. However, taking it out on the guy that is recovering from back surgery is probably not the best way to go. Dwight’s bad chemistry comments were pretty much directed at Kobe.

  • underdog

    I don’t think Kobe’s attitude helps at all in this situation. I get he’s frustrated, but he’s the vet in the locker room, he’s the undisputed leader, he should just hold the team together. Oh, and perhaps play better defense eventually on CP3…

  • JML-G

    Brook wouldnt be so vocal so Kobe would be happy with him – i think Lakers are done for this season, but world isnt ending, so they should get something for the future…

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    As great as a player Kobe is, he has never been a good emotional leader. Even on the 09 and 10 title teams, those leaders were Fisher (on the court) and apparently Odom (in the locker room). Bean is good at yelling at others and setting an example with his effort, but how many of you would want to work with someone who is that demanding day in and day out? Some people can handle it and adopt that mentality – others are just there to collect a check.

    Dwight and Kobe are polar opposites, even more so than Shaq and Kobe were. With PJ motivating him, Shaq was absolutely ready to crush the league and win his first title. I have never seen that same intensity from Dwight. Whether winning or losing, Dwight is in a good mood. Shaq wasn’t like that. When he wanted to, he would crush opposing teams with sheer force and will on both ends. Again, I haven’t seen that from Dwight much this season, albeit it might be because he is recovering.

    Case in point – Bryant is not going to change. Why would he? He’s won 5 championships being who he is. But on a team devoid of emotional leaders, Bryant’s approach to leading needs guys like Nash to step up even more.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    Definitely. He’s losing, and he’s with players that have never been there before with him (“with me in the trenches” as he likes to say). Gasol has, but he’s nowhere to be seen this season, and MWP is…well, MWP. Phil had a huge effect on Kobe calming his frustrations and talking him through his issues (and he does have anger issues). Pringles is too worried about not making the playoffs to focus on that.

  • bike

    Meh. Typical bickering among teammates when losing. Kobe is harsher than most and Dwight is more sensitive than most.

  • mp7three

    This NY Daily News story has already been denied by Lakers sources and that reporter in Orlando, Randolph who was Dwight’s mouthpiece over the summer. I dont doubt there’s drama team wide seeing how Dwight yells at Nash on defense but running with such hearsay is reaching…for now. Dwight has his past Orlando team drama & Kobe was supposed to have caused all some drama in the past so i dont think either is willing to take on more bad phblic relations drama.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Brooklyn? — so the Lakers are going to have 2 Pau Gasol’s? (Brook Lopez is essentially a worse version) — why does everyone assume this is going to happen? I don’t see it happening this year for sure. Next summer, i still really really doubt it.

  • The Philosopher

    Winning cures everything…

  • shockexchange

    Think of “Hello Brooklyn?” as a metaphor for Rent-A-Center not re-signing with L.A. Whether he goes to Bk, ATL, or Houston, does it matter? Ironically, just a few weeks ago when the Shock Exchange mentioned that possibility you reacted like he said “the earth is flat.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    “Sources tell RealGM that the incident categorically did not happen.

    Sources also tell ESPN’s Ramona Shelburne that there was no such incident.”

    I prefer Ramona’s sources (LA-based) then a NY reporter’s.

  • The Philosopher

    Get ‘em…

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    well, Brooklyn is highly unlikely. But you really could be right. i had more faith in the Lakers and Kobe making it work then i should have. i still think Dwight stays, but the possibility of him leaving seems much more real then it did a few short weeks ago.
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    if i was wrong about if Dwight goes, then i was wrong. which is fine.

  • TSmoove

    Do you think they could swing a trade for Brook and get Marshon to bolster their atrocious bench?

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange saw that coming from a mile away. Everybody in L.A. except Horry Jr is expendable – Shaq, Glen Rice, Fish, Odom, The Gimp / Andrew Bynum at the same ____ time. As long as (i) L.A. is winning chips and (ii) Horry Jr is getting his 35 shots/game it’s all good, otherwise, heads are gonna roll. Currently, Rent-A-Center has the leverage to control where he wants to play. If he re-signs and they don’t win, L.A. will trade him, and it may be some place he doesn’t want to go – Sacramento, Milwaukee or Mayberry USA.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    Dwight would have to show he’s completely healthy/in-shape. Right now, Brook Lopez is the best player on the Nets, and he’s locked up long term. —- And if Dwight does show that he’s 100% game ready, the Lakers will immediately jump back into being a power, and he may just be happy enough to stay anyway – but if that does happen, Brooklyn would give up anything to get him except a combination of “superstars”. Which is why i don’t see the Nets as a big possibility.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    if he resigns, then he will be the cornerstone of the team and they will build around him. Contrary to your belief, the Lakers have never acquired the best big in the league only to trade him after a couple seasons without a title.
    .
    the real reason Shaq was traded was because him and Kobe were both due contract extensions, and the salary demands they were making would have made it impossible for LA to add anymore pieces. Not because the team failed to win in the finals or because Bean wanted him out of town.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jay.brodes Jay Brodes

    dwight played with mamba in the olympics..he should know what makes kb tick or should have in the world games in 2007 and in the olympics in 2008. he could have been on the nets this year if he did not opt in. he knew what he was getting into going to LA.no be a man and deal with it! sorry!

  • The Philosopher

    This is the time when they will start streaking. People in the locker room are pissed. They will start streaking, now.

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Kobe’s never been the kind of leader that brings other guys along with him. If the guys he’s playing with can’t play or can’t motivate themselves to step their games up, Kobe’s not going to be giving any inspirational speeches. He won’t be putting his arm around guys. He’s going to do his thing and they will either get it together or he’ll say what he feels like saying to them. Dwight is way too sensitive though. I tend to side with Kobe on this mainly because after 17 years, he won’t be changing. Dwight should have known what was about to happen. He was all smiles in the introductory press conference talking about how happy he was and how much of a blessing it was to be in LA. My guess is that most of that happiness came from him enjoying not being in Orlando anymore. But actually playing with a guy like Kobe, he should have known that it was not going to be his team. He wanted to be the man. That’s not happening as long as Kobe’s around. He’s an alpha dog. If any one personality will overtake the others, it’s his. Dwight wanted to win his way, laughing and joking all over the place. That’s also not happening as long as Kobe’s around. Kobe hates losing. Dwight smiles at everything whether he’s winning or losing. That’s not a good mix. If this continues, Dwight will be in another uniform next season. We all know Kobe’s not going anywhere. One thing you can say about him is that he’s consistent. What’s funny about all of this to me is honestly, Dwight was better off being in Orlando in my opinion. New arena. Good coach (that he didn’t want because he’s too sensitive and can’t handle real criticism). Dude needs to man up and play ball. He talked about how the Clippers play together, the difference is that Chris Paul is a different kind of leader than Kobe is. It makes a difference when your leader is your Point Guard.

  • shockexchange

    If he re-signs he’ll be the cornerstone of a team that can’t make the playoffs. It makes no sense. Rent-A-Center had that in Orlando.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    in what world do you live in?
    .
    the Lakers have missed the playoffs exactly TWICE since 1977.
    .
    if they miss the playoffs, you can bet all of the money in your bank account they will be back the next year.
    .
    it’s not some team that has trouble signing players and spending money. they are a perennial playoff team. that is undeniable.

  • shockexchange

    If they go in at the All-Star break 6-7 games below .500, it’s a wrap.

  • Dymez

    The media is denying the reports here. You would think LA media would be more knowledgable of the situation than those in NY, but I’m thinking LA insiders are just getting the o’natural locker room denial after a volatile situation occurs that they don’t want to be a distraction, similar to the old Kobe and Shaq feud. Mainly because the report brings credence to Dwight’s recent comments about how the team needs to “try to play together even if they don’t like each other.” (Or should I say that quote brings credence to the report.) That quote had ESPN and NBAtv scratching their heads for 2 days trying to figure out exactly what he meant — even to the point that they started dissecting videos for body language on the bench, Jordan Hill falling hard and nobody helping him right away, and so on. Now it seems as though this is what he meant.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    ok? they miss the playoffs this year…….and then they don’t next year. lol

    .

    if you didn’t notice, Dwight at 100% is good enough by himself to make a playoff team.

    .

    you could make the, “why would he stay not to win a title” argument- if you really don’t think they can quickly build a championship team around him, but the “If he re-signs he’ll be the cornerstone of a team that can’t make the playoffs. It makes no sense. Rent-A-Center had that in Orlando.” argument is rooted in fiction, and fiction only.

  • speedy

    I wouldn’t count them out now, too.

    They loose some close games and still have to find themselves as a team.

    I don’t know if this report is right, but everybody including Bryant has to be patient.
    Really not something he is known for. But if he really f++ks up the team chemistry like this report lets us believe then he is hitting at least one nail into the coffin himself.
    Steve Nash now is needed as a locker room presence, because Mike D’Antoni is not.

  • shockexchange

    Even if L.A. makes the playoffs this year, they’re one of the bottom four teams – similar to what he had in Orlando. Whether they can build a championship team around him in the future is all speculation. What’s real is that they “supposedly” had the pieces to win 72 games and are scrapping simply to make the bottom four. If you are Rent-A-Center and his agent, the reasons for leaving L.A. prolly outweigh the reasons for staying. Let’s not even consider the fact that L.A. was never his first choice to begin with.

  • The Philosopher

    Respect the insight.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    i can think of 30 million reasons for him to stay in LA over anywhere else.
    .
    they are, as you insist on saying every time you talk about Kobe, “more talented then any other team in the league” year to year. leaving THAT, would be pretty foolish. even if the first year is horrible.

    .

    .and Orlando won 50+ games for 4 years straight before Dwight’s back surgery. they were a top 4 team in all of those seasons. not, “Even if L.A. makes the playoffs this year, they’re one of the bottom four teams – similar to what he had in Orlando” — you are still just taking stabs at facts, without knowing if what you are saying is accurate.
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    and nobody with any sense of logic thought the team would come anywhere close to 72 wins, sh*t, 60 wins was an unrealistic expectation. do you just go for extremes? like that enhances what you say?
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    saying people expected LA to win “72 games” – saying Kobe shoots “35 shots a game” – saying the Lakers “can’t make the playoffs like in Orlando” – saying Orlando was a “bottom four seed” with Dwight
    .
    none of ^ things are accurate. none of them. they are all complete exaggerations. and you wonder why nobody takes what you say seriously?

  • shockexchange

    Feigning to take tongue-in-cheek comments literally again guy? Your sense of humor ceases to amaze the Shock Exchange. But I get it though; you can only see what’s right in front of you. If Rent-A-Center stays or goes, it doesn’t matter to the Shock Exchange. If he leaves, it would be epic. If he stays, L.A. will be nothing more than a vehicle for website hits. Now go run tell that.

  • M Cho

    Well said. I especially agree about Dwight being in a better situation personally in Orlando – he’s probably realizing now how nice he had it there.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    maybe you’ll figure this out as you get older but,
    .
    when you are having a conversation/debate/argument with someone, and every “fact” you offer in said conversation is an over exaggeration, even if it is tongue in cheek, it’s, in the very very very least, impossible to assume you are looking at “the situation” objectively. and that’s in the very least.
    .
    so while i do realize you are just saying things, “tongue-in-cheek” as i said, “they are all complete exaggerations. and you wonder why nobody takes what you say seriously?”
    .
    there are famous sayings for people who do what you are doing…..
    .
    - “If you add to the truth, you subtract from it.” ~The Talmud

    - “Some so speak in exaggerations and superlatives that we need to make a large discount from their statements before we can come at their real meaning.” – Tryon Edwards

  • shockexchange

    (i) MWP predicted 72 wins, (ii) I’m sure Horry Jr has never taken 35 shots in a game and (iii) if the season ended today L.A. would not make the playoffs. But again after reading your dissertation(s) the Shock Exchange stands corrected, there is no chance in ____ Rent-A-Center has ever considered carrying his rear-end back to Orlando. Thanks for clearing that up guy.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    So now they were serious comments? first they were “tongue in cheek” – now you are defending them as serious?

    .

    make up your mind, your epidermis is showing.

  • shockexchange

    The Shock Exchange made a New Year’s resolution not to give anybody “that fiddy” this year, so I’m gon’ fall back. Shock Exchange out.

  • http://twitter.com/sooperfadeaway nbk

    lol, if that’s what you call not being able to explain why you can’t stop contradicting yourself.

  • ENDS

    in the words of the Great Charles Barkley. The Ship be sinking.

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=509819249 Gaurav P.

    I don’t know if it was just me, but when I read those quotes by Dwight, my first inclination was that he was talking directly about Bryant. He specifically mentioned something about leaders not always have be grumpy and on people’s a**es (like Kobe is), etc.

  • Datkid

    OKC should’ve traded for dwight. More shooters, more athletes, better chemistry and he’d fit in better period.

  • AndyK

    I can’t stand Dwight Howard! He is soft…and keeps making the dumbest basketball play in my mind…his blocks. Instead of just blocking it to himself or deflecting it towards another teammate, he continually just swats it as hard as he can out of bounds or just wherever. I can’t stand it. I just saw on Sportscenter that he basically lost the game for the Lakers because of it by winding up and swatting it right Danilo Gallinari for the three. It’s the most ridiculous play (I know other players do it too, but I just notice Dwight doing it the most in my opinion). Does anyone else agree with me here?

  • Kadavour

    hmm, its been said that Chris Paul is the only player in the L today that matches Kobe’s competitiveness. The Clips are winning now, so we’re not hearing Chris calling anyone out. This wouldn’t be news if the Lakers were winning.

  • Dymez

    Exactly. And now you have this report surfacing, sounds to me like changes must be made, and made soon. If you want to get something in return, that is.

    Who would’ve known in the Summer when this trade went down that it would be Denver as the sole team who actually “won” in the deal.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    beautifully said

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    kobe is not for the soft hearts

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    cause the owed wants to offer him a insane amount of money

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    agreed. no one can deal better with kobe then phil.kobe actually respects him.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    y’all forgetting bout dross the silent killer

  • Sergio

    Gotta agree with you. Howard is a clown, seriously, and I see Kobe’s reasons to be pissed. He comes to LA, thinks he will be the “owner” of the team (when he wouldn’t, first, because KB is there since 96, and second because, well, Kobe is better), starts to question ALL of Bryant’s statements to the media (indirectely, of course) and, of course, doesn’t always give 100% in the floor, and finds it funny? It was obvious that KB would have problems with that.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    mayberry lol

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    very true

  • pposse

    i can say with almost 95% certainty that if something like this happened in Chicago, that every reporter in Chicago would deny the incident.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    maybe dwights cursed

  • Redd

    ..

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    sorry, owner

  • Redd

    He’s already offered it to Brook.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    they’ll get rid of him for dwight.. i mean who wouldn’t

  • Redd

    How? lol

  • Jc24

    THis is such a dump article…. there’s no truth to this at all!!!!

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Who did Chris call out throughout his time in New Orleans? Name a player that he played with that had half the talent or skill that Dwight and Pau have. Competitiveness and leadership are not the same thing. At all.

  • asomw

    haha chris paul

    the guy who hasn’t made it out of the 2nd round

    kobe has 2 finals mvps as the leader so calm down

    its howard not taking charge…shaq took charge and won 3 finals mvps…howard needs to do the same for LA to win

  • Darksaber

    *ding ding*
    iiiiiiin this corner, 7 foot-ish, used to dunk on super high rims, alltime goofy players candidate, luvs them groupies, his services are available for the right bidderrrrrr: Dwight Howitzer.
    In the otherrr cornerrr: The man, the legend, the jaw, the chucker, the snakecharmer himself: Kobster Vanessa-has-a-predator-following-me-around- Bryant

  • kwaz83

    I really don’t believe anybody in this history of this site write as much bullshit as

    byanymeansnessary, it’s okay to defend the players you like, but get off their croch. Who isn’t competitive? who don’t want to win? maybe some more than others, but Kobe’s a straight dick ! That ain’t any form of leadership

  • ByAnyMeansNecessary

    Hilarious.

  • bill

    No one can offer him as much as the Lakers due to NBA salary rules. If he wanted to go to the Nets he’d have to pull a Lebron James and take less money.

  • http://twitter.com/Jzakoni Sanchez

    lol he aint never gnna do that

  • disqus_iiHyCGt8wI

    lakers fans, rent-a-center is on his way out of l.a……here we go….

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