Kobe Bryant Calls Dwight Howard ‘Soft’ and a ‘Teddy Bear’

The bad blood between Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard surfaced Tuesday night, in the Houston Rockets’ 108-90 romp over the Los Angeles Lakers.

Kobe took exception to an elbow from Dwight in the fourth quarter, calling him “soft” and several other unprintable words as the two former teammates jawed at one another.

Howard and Bryant were both hit with technical fouls.

Per the LA Daily News:

“He elbowed me in the face and I’m going to let him know that I don’t like that,” Bryant said. “It’s that simple.”

Said Howard: “There’s no need to go into it. We won the game. It’s about basketball. It’s over. It’s nothing. I’m not even focused on it.”

“They don’t like each other,” Lakers coach Byron Scott said. “Simple as that.”

“You can’t help but like him. He’s a teddy bear,” Bryant said. “I really mean it. He’s a really nice kid.”

“I think it’s fantastic. That’s the game,” Bryant said. “Elbows are part of the game. Trash talk is part of the game. I don’t know why the NBA has become so sensitive.”