According to the New York Post, Howard mocked Bryant in the locker room at Sunday’s All-Star Game. Both players represented the Los Angeles Lakers in the starting lineup for the West, but that didn’t stop the center from making fun of the future Hall of Famer.
A source told the Post that Howard “grabbed Kobe’s uniform, put it on, and imitated him in front of all the other players on the West team. He was joking and berating Kobe.” L.A. Clippers stars Chris Paul and Blake Griffin, as well as Oklahoma City Thunder forward Kevin Durant were, reportedly, part of Howard’s audience.
After the incident, the source said Bryant entered the locker room and greeted all of the players, except for Howard. Bryant took his things and moved far away from his Lakers teammate.
There has, seemingly, been friction between Howard and Bryant all season long. In January, the New York Daily News reported that the two got into a big argument following a Lakers loss to the Philadelphia 76ers. Bryant has also called out Howard in the media for not playing with a shoulder injury.
The relationship between Bryant and Howard has caused the center to be in the middle of trade rumors. The deadline is set for 3 p.m. eastern time on Thursday, though, general manager Mitch Kupchak insists that the team will keep all of its star players.