‘Actual’ Source Confirms: Report Of Kobe/Dwight Feud “FALSE”
Last night, we were all surprised by the reports of an alleged near-fight between Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant that supposedly took place following the Lakers‘ upsetting loss at the hands of Jrue Holiday and the Philadelphia 76ers on New Years Day. I only use the term “surprised”, because it wouldn’t have made sense for the story to have not been reported for 4-5 days given the enormous amount of media/fan scrutiny surrounding the team.
I was comfortable openly questioning the validity of the story, because I am quite certain a member of the local media would have been all over the story prior to some supposed “source” based out of New York ever having the opportunity to steal a few headlines and clicks. This suspicion was all but confirmed, when Sports Illustrated’s Sam Amick joined Brian Geltzeiler as a guest on today’s Sheridan Hoops Radio Podcast and chimed in with:
The reports of Dwight and Kobe getting into a fight are completely false. Maybe, this is a case of the (Brooklyn) Nets trying to rattle some cages…
Geltzeiler went on to add:
I think that both of these guys have enough passive aggressive in them that there won’t be any kind of face to face confrontation. Most dissenting will be through third parties
Again, I can’t say that I would have been surprised by an argument, but it simply wouldn’t have made much sense for individuals like ESPNLA’s Ramona Shelburne or Los Angeles Times Lakers Blogger Eric Pincus to have not been the first to report such an incident. The level of tension must be high, but what this team does not need are outside “sources” trying to muddy the water even further. We’ll be sure to monitor the situation, but as far as I can tell the reports about the alleged near-physical altercation seem to be unsubstantiated and false.