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Kobe Bryant gives back-handed words of ‘support’ to Dwight Howard

Dwight Howard, left, and Kobe Bryant walk off the court following a game against the Milwaukee Bucks in January. Howard didn't accomplish much in his one season with the Lakers.
(Wally Skalij / Los Angeles Times)

Kobe Bryant gave Dwight Howard a back-handed offer of support Monday night on Twitter, where three days earlier Bryant had “unfollowed” Howard after the free-agent center chose the Houston Rockets over the Lakers.

I wish d12 the best honestly. I just find it hard to follow players that wanna kick my teams ass #thatsjustme — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) July 9, 2013


“My job is not to be easy on people. My job is to make them better.” Steve Jobs — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) July 9, 2013

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Bryant wished the new Rockets center well -- but it’s clear that Bryant now views Howard as the opposition.

Despite Bryant’s having met with Howard, along with teammate Steve Nash, to try to convince him to stay, the All-Star center announced Friday that his choice was Houston.

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The Lakers agreed to terms with former Clippers center Chris Kaman on Monday.

Kaman is a great addition. Great skill set and a competitor. — Kobe Bryant (@kobebryant) July 9, 2013

Bryant is recovering from surgery to repair a torn Achilles’ tendon. The Lakers and Rockets will presumably meet four times this coming season.

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Hopefully Bryant will be available and in true form for each . . .

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Email Eric Pincus at eric.pincus@gmail.com and follow him on Twitter @EricPincus.

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