According to the NY Post, the tension between the two continued into the All-Star break. Page Six described the relationship between Howard and Bryant as “beyond icy” during the All-Star festivities over the weekend in Houston. In fact, sources said it bordered on childish when Dwight began mocking Kobe behind his back.
Amid other reports that the Lakers’ chilly on-court chemistry was spilling into the locker room, we’re told that Howard ‘grabbed Kobe’s uniform, put it on, and imitated him in front of all the other players on the West team. He was joking and berating Kobe’ to fellow NBA stars, including the Clippers’ Chris Paul and Blake Griffin and Oklahoma City Thunder star Kevin Durant. The source added Bryant later arrived in the locker room, ‘said hello to everyone on the team except Howard, grabbed his stuff and moved as far away from Howard as he could.’
The Post also mentioned how Kobe told reporters “it doesn’t matter” when he was asked what the Lakers might do with Howard as the trade deadline approaches.