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Kobe Bryant, Dwight Howard mock story that they nearly had a fight

January 07, 2013|By Eric Pincus
  • Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard -- his injured shoulder heavily wrapped -- pretend to fight as Lakers Coach Mike D'Antoni plays peacemaker.
Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard -- his injured shoulder heavily wrapped --… (Screenshot from Kobe Bryant's…)

Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard squared off in the trainer's room, mocking a report that the two had nearly come to blows.

In an image from Bryant's new Twitter account and Howard's Instagram, a smiling Bryant faces Howard with clenched fists as Coach Mike D'Antoni pretends to break it up.

"It's just funny. We're losing. Every little story that comes out is geared towards breaking our team up," Howard said.  "We're bigger than that. We're stronger than that and we're not going to let anything divide us."

Bryant dismissed the report as inaccurate.

"It's not true. We all try to be professional about what we do," Bryant said.  "I guess some people skate around that a little bit."

The Lakers have struggled all season and currently are three games below .500.

"Obviously there are fake stories coming out, somebody has something against our team," Howard said.  "It's not us. Me and Kobe don't have a problem with each other. We're not beefing. So for somebody to come out with a random story and say me and him got into a fight?"

"It's ridiculous," continued the Lakers center.  "I just think it's funny."

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Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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