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Kobe Bryant left me 'hurt and disappointed' says Howard on Lakers spell

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it's fair to say that the Los Angeles Lakers' experiment with Dwight Howard ended in failure, with the All-Star struggling to settle into his new surroundings before being quickly shipped off to the Houston Rockets.

A failure to mesh with resident Lakers legend Kobe Bryant has been cited in numerous articles and reports since the 2012-13 season as the major reason for Howard's short stay in LA, and when the pair renewed acquaintances earlier this season it was clear for everyone to see that the frosty atmosphere between the two has not thawed quite yet.  

"I just felt so hurt and disappointed," - Dwight Howard on working with Kobe in LA.

This week though, speaking to ESPN's Marc Stein this week, Howard has opened up about the truth behind the rumors. Revealing just how working with Kobe Bryant on a regular basis left him at a loss.

"Before I got to the Lakers, I would talk to him (and) he would really help me out on the (down low about how to become everything that I said I wanted to be...I looked up to him and I looked up to everything he, as a basketball player, stood for," Howard explained.

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"(By the end of that season with the Lakers) I just felt so hurt and disappointed in the fact that the guy that I was expecting to be somebody who was gonna pass the torch, somebody to say, 'Dwight, I'll take you under my wing and I'll show you how to get it done'...it was none of that."

Working with Kobe

Kobe Bryant's driven, competitive nature has seen him clash with a number of stars during his time in the NBA but with the veteran coming towards the end of his career it was widely expected that Kobe would help Howard ultimately take on the mantle of resident superstar following his arrival.

To hear that the Black Mamba was unwilling to continue his mentor role when that possibility became a reality is worrying to hear for Lakers fans. But with the likes of Jeremy Lin this season revealing that Kobe has been handing out advice on a regular basis it seems at least that the superstar may have learnt a few things since his run in with Howard.

Nevertheless, the now Rockets man was clearly left frustrated by Bryant's apparent unwillingness to secede such an honor in 2012 and it duly affected the potentially potent duo on court during their one season together.

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