Dwight Howard defeated by L.A. Kings mascot

Dwight Howard attempts to get a shot up around Nets big man Reggie Evans.
(Luis Sinco / Los Angeles Times)

With hockey embroiled in a lengthy lockout, the Kings mascot “Bailey” had some free time to visit with Lakers center Dwight Howard recently.

Bailey challenged Howard to both a free throw and three-point shooting contest, while wearing the full lion costume.

Surprising or no, Bailey won both . . .

“Sometimes you have to lose to win,” joked Howard afterwards.


The Kings are the current NHL champions but with games canceled through December 14, they haven’t had a chance to defend their title just yet.

The NBA’s recent lockout followed a similar path with a shortened season starting on Christmas Day. It remains to be seen if hockey will be able to salvage the year before it’s canceled in its entirety.


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