Well, it's official. Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard don't like each other. Whatever Kobe Bryant wants to say, you can't deny the scenes last night between Bryant and Howard which showed to the world that the two have a friendly, yet very real, hatred for each other.
Simply put, Bryant and Howard got into it last night in the NBA opener between the Lakers and the Houston Rockets. The Rockets had a comfortable lead in the fourth quarter, before both Bryant and Howard got embroiled in a verbal altercation after Bryant got elbowed in the face by Dwight several times, with one of Howard's elbows ever so slightly more extended than it needed to be.
This was one of the major talking points post-game, with Lakers' coach Byron Scott giving his honest and brutal assessment of Kobe and Dwight's relationship.
They just don't like each other
The two superstar ballers spent the whole of the 2012-2013 NBA season together in what was an extremely disappointing campaign for the Lakers. Howard wanted to be the main man, but Kobe put off retirement and Dwight took that as a sign to leave.
Lakers' coach Scott is well versed in the ins and outs of their relationship, and pulling no punches, he revealed they still both dislike each other immensely.
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"They don't like each other. It's as simple as that," Scott told LakersNation.
Kobe takes a different view
But Kobe Bryant spoke after the game on the altercation with Howard, and he took a very different but not believable view on the situation, as the tweets below from NBA insider Mike Bresnahan show.
Not the only big story
This wasn't the only big story to come out of the Tuesday night NBA opener, with rookie Julius Randle's horrific broken leg injury going down as one of the most tragic Lakers' moments this century.
The Kobe-Howard story has the potential to be overshadowed by the Randle injury, but the Kobe-Howard story is as equally explosive. We will never really know how much they really hate each other. They are too well media trained to bite off the court, and on the court, their rivalry is likely to look more like a WWE feud than fully blown hatred. One thing is for sure, it makes for great television.