It’s a known fact that Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant didn’t get along as teammates, but we never really knew why — until now.
The Lakers are an organization that often prevents negative tidbits from being leaked to the media, and given how much power Kobe had during his tenure in the league, Howard’s side of the story never really got told.
But he — as well as other NBA players — currently has a lot of additional time on his hands, with the 2019-20 season having been suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic. As such, he did an Instagram live stream with teammate Jared Dudley, and that’s when he shared some thoughts about how his playing relationship was with Kobe, specifically how “egos” got in the way.
The 2012-13 Lakers finished the regular season with a 45-37 record, and went on to lose to the Spurs in first round of the playoffs. As for Howard, that tenure with the Lakers ended as quickly as it began, with him lasting just one year, until signing with the Rockets that summer. He’s now enjoying a bit of a career revival in his second tenure with the team.