Dwight Howard gives frosty answers to questions about Kobe Bryant

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Dwight Howard still does not want to speak about Kobe Bryant. 

Despite leaving the L.A. Lakers in 2013, the center has not built any bridges with the now-retired legend. 

Last night Howard, with the Atlanta Hawks, faced off against the Lakers for the first time since the Black Mamba retired, but the former Rockets man was in no mood to reminisce about Kobe's career.  

Ahead of the game, when asked if it would be weird to be facing the new-look Lakers without number 24, Howard simply said: “Not really."

Reporters continued to ask questions about Kobe, and it was clear to see Dwight was not interested - answering with a long pause, before saying: "Let Kobe retire in peace."

Howard's best efforts were not enough to help the Hawks overcome a young Lakers team. 

The eight-time All-Star had a 31-point double-double but, coached by Luke Walton, L.A. were able to leave Atlanta with the win. 

Nick Young iced the game with a clutch three-point shot following a huge Julius Randle block on Dennis Schroder. 

It was Howard's first loss with the Hawks and life has begun very well for the 30-year-old. He seems happier than his days with Kobe that's for sure.

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