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Howard downplays Kobe's 'urgency' comment

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06:57 PM ET 02.07 | Kobe Bryant told ESPN earlier this week that teammate Dwight Howard needed urgency in figuring out if he could play through the pain of a shoulder injury that has kept him out of action. The comment sounded like a questioning of Howard's pain tolerance, and the piece prompted a frigid response from Howard anyway. And despite Bryant later calling the tone of the article by Jackie MacMullan "surprising," then saying he isn't trying to push Howard past his own limits, it's just the newest round of drama in the Lakers locker room. "That's his opinion, that's it," Howard told ESPN LA regarding Bryant's comments about urgency. "He's not a doctor, I'm not a doctor. That's his opinion." Howard planned to return against the Boston Celtics on Thursday night.

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February 7, 2013  08:09 PM ET

Couldn't get Kobe and Dwight to pose for this story. So did they hire DWade and Bron as stand in actors?

February 7, 2013  08:38 PM ET

Howard hasnt been play good enough to be factor to anything yet.

and his smile has been diminishing slowly.

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February 7, 2013  09:11 PM ET

Celtics are all over the Lakers and its not looking good, urgency is desperately needed in Laker Land.

February 7, 2013  09:12 PM ET

5! 5! 5 . . . foot long.

Yeah, Kobe never looked better than in the photo here.

February 7, 2013  09:12 PM ET

Okay, 6, er, uh, I mean 7!

February 7, 2013  09:12 PM ET
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Couldn't get Kobe and Dwight to pose for this story. So did they hire DWade and Bron as stand in actors?

Interns watcha going to do.

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February 7, 2013  09:40 PM ET
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The correct picture is on the Ridenour thead.

Then isn't the photo incorrect for the Ridenour thread?

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February 7, 2013  09:50 PM ET

Kobe is becoming a bitter man in his golden age.

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February 7, 2013  10:33 PM ET
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Kobe is becoming a bitter man in his golden age.

Kobe needs a hug from Howard soon, for the Lakers are totally off the Radar as a decent team. Heck even the Cavs a better upside this year then the Lakers.

February 7, 2013  11:44 PM ET

why do you have a picture of lebra and wa-wa-wade when the article is about the lakers

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February 8, 2013  06:24 AM ET

Boston and LA have similar problems...........




But the Celtics are a team............


The Lakers are not....

 
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