Does that mean Howard hated The Black Mamba, or vice versa? Not according to the new Charlotte Hornets center, anyway.
During a Q-and-A session on his Twitter account Sunday, Howard was asked why he and Bryant beefed in Los Angeles, with Howard tweeting that their supposed feud was simply conjured up by the media.
When the near 7-footer took his talents to the Houston Rockets in free agency the following summer, he cited "a good situation" in the Lone Star state as the reason he made the move, not because he was afraid of Bryant.
In a 2015 interview with USA Today's Sam Amick, Bryant mentioned that he tried teaching Howard how to be a champion so that he could one day become the face of the Lakers. Unfortunately, Howard's perception of what that process entailed was far different than what it actually took, with Bryant's combative nature perhaps being too overbearing for the big man.