The dust certainly didn't settle after the Los Angeles Lakers eked out a victory against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, not when Dwight Howard's...

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MIAMI — The dust certainly didn’t settle after the Los Angeles Lakers eked out a victory against the lowly Charlotte Bobcats, not when Dwight Howard’s father injected himself into his son’s awkward relationship with Kobe Bryant.

The elder Howard said his son needed to sit down with Bryant to hash out their differences. He also said coach Mike D’Antoni wasn’t being assertive enough to handle the situation.

Bryant’s response? Enough already.

“Honestly, I’m done talking about it. There’s nothing to talk about. I’m done with it. There’s nothing to discuss. It’s silly,” he said Saturday.

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Howard’s father, Dwight Sr., was critical of the whole Lakers experience in an interview with The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Dwight Jr. grew up in Atlanta and still has family members there.

“Nobody can say what Kobe said — that’s stepping into another man’s shoes,” Howard’s father told the newspaper. “I understand what Kobe was trying to do, but he went about it the wrong way. He’s trying to win a championship. But Dwight has to tell Kobe, ‘I appreciate your opinion, but that doesn’t matter. We’re two men on this team. We need to be reasonable about this.’ “

Said Dwight of his father: “My dad is a grown man. That’s how he feels. We’ll leave it at that.”


Lavoy Allen had 14 points and a career-high 22 rebounds, and Jrue Holiday scored 20 points to lead host Philadelphia to an 87-76 win over Charlotte. Former Washington Husky Spencer Hawes had 17 points and nine rebounds for Philadelphia.

Danilo Gallinari scored 19 points, Kenneth Faried had 17 and the Denver Nuggets won their ninth straight game with a 111-103 victory in Cleveland.

Charlie Villanueva made a three-pointer with 9.7 seconds left and former Kentwood and Eastern Washington star Rodney Stuckey sealed the win with two free throws as visiting Detroit beat Milwaukee 105-100.

Shawn Marion had 26 points and 11 rebounds as host Dallas easily rolled past Golden State 116-91.

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