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Dwight Howard on Kobe Bryant: ‘There was never an issue with me and him’

Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant
Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant (Photo courtesy: scott mecum/Flickr.com)

Dwight Howard didn’t have a good relationship with Kobe Bryant in his one-year stint with the Los Angeles Lakers. However, in a recent interview, Howard denied that there has been a dispute between him and “The Mamba.”

“I haven’t … There was never an issue with me and him. The same thing I told him is the same thing I told Steve Nash and every one of those guys. I want to learn from them. I want to take as much knowledge as I can from y’all. One day when y’all out the league and I’m still playing, I can give that knowledge to somebody else and I can keep this thing going. I’ve never had an issue with [Bryant],” Howard told Marc J. Spears of The Undefeated.

In 2012 offseason, the Lakers surrounded Kobe Bryant and Paul Gasol with quality players, whom they thought could help them win an NBA championship title. They acquired Steve Nash in a sign-and-trade deal with the Phoenix Suns while a four-team trade sent Dwight Howard to Los Angeles. Unfortunately, everything didn’t go as planned after Bryant suffered a season-ending injury.

Though the Lakers managed to enter the 2013 NBA playoffs, they were easily swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round. In 2013 offseason, Howard decided to leave the Lakers and join the Houston Rockets. It was revealed that Howard and Bryant weren’t fond of playing together. When Howard joined the Rockets, he also had a dispute with James Harden.

“The issues they say happened between me and James were small communication issues. Instead of us coming together and talking about it, we allowed other people to do talking. The lines of communication were twisted. But like I’ve always said, I’ve never had a personal issue with James,” Howard said.

Dwight Howard wants to end his career in Atlanta

After three seasons, Dwight Howard parted ways with the Rockets and headed to his hometown team, Atlanta Hawks. The 31-year-old center admitted that it was his childhood dream to play for the Hawks. They are currently 37-31 in the 5th spot in the Eastern Conference.

In 62 games this season, Howard averaged 13.1 points, 12.9 rebounds, and 1.3 blocks on 63.7 percent shooting from the field. So far, he felt mentally relaxed in his first season with the Hawks as he hasn’t heard any negative stories about him. Howard revealed that he plans to play 20 seasons and would love to end his career in Atlanta.

Photo courtesy: scott mecum/Flickr.com

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