Just when it appeared the Los Angeles Lakers had escaped their season-long drama — even if just for a few days — a report surfaced Tuesday that Dwight Howard mocked Kobe Bryant behind his back in the locker room during All-Star Weekend in Houston.
According to the New York Post, a source said Howard "grabbed Kobe’s uniform, put it on, and imitated him in front of all the other players on the West team,” including the Clippers' Chris Paul and Blake Griffin and the Thunder's Kevin Durant.
The report also claims that after arriving in the locker room, Bryant “said hello to everyone on the team except Howard, grabbed his stuff and moved as far away from Howard as he could," according to the source.
While there may be validity to the report, it isn't the first time Howard has jokingly mocked Bryant.
In his introductory press conference with the Lakers, Howard amused the media with a spot-on impression of Bryant during a phone call.
Then in November, while on a plane following a loss to the Sacramento Kings, Howard hopped on the intercom system and gave a quick team speech, playfully mocking a "75-year-old" Bryant.
In January, after the New York Daily News reported that the two nearly came to blows following a New Year's Day loss, and just after Bryant reportedly agreed with Shaquille O'Neal's comments labeling Howard "soft," Bryant and Howard both took to social media to make light of the situation.