UPDATE: Pretty much everyone from Ramona Shelburne to Sam Amick is saying that the report is false. Carry on, Laker fans…
Just when things couldn’t get any worse, right?
According to a report, Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant had a confrontation after the New Years Day loss to the Philadelphia Sixers:
A league source told the Daily News 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.
Is that true? Who knows. If it was, why would it take so long to get out? I have a hard time buying it, especially when you look at all the crap that was supplied from “sources” during the Dwightmare.
But, it gets even more interesting: the report claims that the Brooklyn Nets would be prepared to trade for Howard:
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.
Whether this is true or not, I don’t see the Lakers making such a deal. Why would they? Brook Lopez isn’t on Dwight’s level, plus he has a horrible $60 million contract. While the Lakers can offer Dwight the most money in the summer, Brooklyn have absolutely no cap space and wouldn’t be able to offer him anything more than a mini-mid level contract, which is about $3 million per year. That’s not happening.
However, a tweet from a guy in Dwight’s inner-circle says the report is nonsense:
@bomani_jones: Don’t believe the hype. They may end up at each other’s throats, but it hasn’t happened yet.
— Jarrod N Rudolph (@JRudolphSports) January 7, 2013
Still, this is just yet another twist to add to this crazy season.