Kobe Bryant Calls Dwight Howard ‘Soft’ During Heated Dustup (Videos)

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Byron Scott perfectly described the existing relationship between Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard.

“They don’t like each other,” the Los Angeles Lakers coach said after his team dropped its season opener to the Houston Rockets. “It’s as simple as that.”

Bryant and Howard, who were teammates in L.A. during the 2012-13 season, exchanged words in the fourth quarter Tuesday. It stemmed from an elbow dished out by Howard while delivering an outlet pass from under the basket, though it’s reasonable to wonder if there’s a little more to the beef.

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Bryant and Howard didn’t exactly seem on the same page during the big man’s one-year stint with the Lakers, and him bolting for the Rockets as an unrestricted free agent probably didn’t help their relationship, either. Bryant downplayed any ill will after Tuesday’s game, however, while Howard was unwilling to say much about the altercation.

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