Houston (CBS Houston) – The Lakers came into the Toyota center Saturday night and it was one of the few times that Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant have shared the same floor since the awkward ending between the two.
Last season, at the start of the year when two played against each other. Howard went after a rebound late in the game and Bryant ended up fouling him and then some not so pleasant words were exchanged.
Between that and failed attempt at the two joining forces and the following divorce it had seemed the two did not like each other, but that might not have been the case.
“Everybody just made it seem we hated each other,” Howard said, of his relationship with the black mamba.
Howard’s been a few years removed from his one season with the Lakers and he doesn’t hold any ill will towards Bryant.
“I don’t think he is that upset at me leaving,” Howard said, “at the end of the day we are all men and we make decisions based on our life, so I don’t think he was really upset.”
Bryant also shared the same sentiment as Howard, everything is fine between the two former teammates.
“They’ll always be cool, it will always be fine,” Bryant said of the two’s relationship “my responsibility when Dwight and I played together was to get him to play his best basketball and that involves sometimes pushing buttons where guys don’t necessarily appreciate it at the time.”
Bryant shared it was nothing personal, and he only wanted the best out of Howard.
The two have come a long way from the purple and gold days and if there was any underlying ill will, it’s all gone now. The two even shared a post-game hug.