Earlier this year
Lakers imploding with Howard?
From an ESPN article today:
[At a pre-game team meeting] Bryant asked Dwight Howard if he was bothered by playing alongside him...
Bryant acknowledged he could be "hard to play with," according to the Times, and challenged Howard to speak up if he had a problem with it.
Howard was "despondent" and did not offer much of a reply to Bryant, according to a team source.
One example of the rocky relationship between the two Western Conference All-Star starters, according to a league source, was a game this season when Howard harped to a teammate about the disparity between his and Bryant's shots while sitting on the bench. The teammate called Bryant over so Howard could tell it to Bryant's face, but Howard refused to speak up.Howard left the game with an apparent shoulder injury today after 14 minutes of game time and 0/4 FG.