Kobe Bryant Sounds Off on Lakers’ Meeting with Dwight, Unfollowing on Twitter

Kobe Bryant has never been one to mince words, and in the aftermath of Dwight Howard's exit from the Los Angeles Lakers, No. 24 is making his feelings known on a number of D12-related topics.

Throughout the Lakers' disastrous 2012-13 season, Bryant and Howard clashed. Their disputes occasionally went public as both used the media to take a few subtle (and often, not-so-subtle) shots at one another. But those tiffs were typically followed by some assurance that the two were capable co-workers, if not fast friends.

But now that Howard is gone, there's no reason for Bryant to hold back any longer.


The Meeting

Bryant told Dave McMenamin of ESPN that he enjoyed the forced solemnity of the sit-down chat between the Lakers and Howard.

It's somewhat ironic that Bryant was amused by the seriousness of the meeting, especially considering that one of his main sources of frustration with Howard was the big man's constant joking demeanor. Either Bryant's torn Achilles (and attendant brush with mortality) has given him the kind of perspective that allows him to see the humor in difficult situations, or he's trying to make light of the disappointment he and his team are feeling in the aftermath of being abandoned.

Either way, it's hard to believe Bryant was anything but serious when making his pitch to Howard to stay.


The Unfollowing

If there exists a better example of the absurd prominence of social media in sports than the "news" that Bryant recently unfollowed Howard on Twitter, I'd like to see it.

First of all, it can't be remotely surprising that Bryant—as intense of a competitor as he is—would want to cut ties with the enemy. Howard will be wearing another jersey next season, which means Bryant now views him as just another obstacle.

Things are black and white with Brya...

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