WATCH: Kobe Bryant calls Dwight Howard ‘soft’ in heated confrontation

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WATCH: Kobe Bryant calls Dwight Howard ‘soft’ in heated confrontation
Kobe and Dwight are still not on friendly terms
NOT FRIENDLY. Kobe Bryant (left) and Dwight Howard get in a tussle during the Lakers' first regular season NBA game. Photo by Robyn Beck/AFP

MANILA, Philippines – Clearly, there is plenty of love between former teammates Kobe Bryant and Dwight Howard.

Bryant and Howard got in each other’s faces during the fourth quarter of the Lakers’ 108-90 blowout loss to the Rockets on Wednesday, October 29 (Tuesday night, October 28 Los Angeles time).

Howard, who spent one season with the Lakers and left for Houston during the 2013 free agency, grabbed a rebound, and Bryant tried to snatch the ball away. In an attempt to brush off Bryant, Howard swung his elbows twice and hit Bryant in the face. Both were whistled for technicals.

After they were separated, both players still kept mouthing off at each other. Bryant was then seen telling Howard, “you’re soft.”

Howard and the Rockets had the last laugh as Houston ran away with the 108-90 victory on opening day. Howard had 13 points and 11 rebounds while Bryant contributed 19 points and 3 rebounds in a losing effort.

The short-handed Lakers also suffered injury in addition to insult as rookie forward Julius Randle sustained a broken right leg–

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