Rapper Ice Cube took a strip off former Los Angeles Lakers centre Dwight Howard, 27, over the weekend, referring to the seven-time NBA all-star as Dwight “Coward” during a show in southern California.
An L.A. native, Cube, whose real name is O’Shea Jackson, is a lifelong Lakers fan, who apparently doesn’t appreciate how Howard opted for free agency after one season at the Staples Centre in order to sign with the Houston Rockets.
“F--- Dwight Howard!” Cube started. “We don’t need no punk ass motherf------ on our team.”
“Dwight Coward,” he said after pausing for applause.
"Kobe (Bryant) will win another championship before Dwight Howard ever sniffs one,” Cube predicted.
Bryant, the team's remaining superstar and most popular player, weighed in on Howard's decision Monday via Twitter.
"I wish d12 the best honestly," Bryant tweeted regarding why he stopped following Howard immediately after Howard announced he was joining the Rockets. "I just find it hard to follow players that wanna kick my teams ass #thatsjustme."
Howard boarded the Rocket ship Friday, when he agreed to a four-year, $88 million deal, and the two parties hammered out an agreement Saturday. The deal will officially be signed Wednesday, per league transaction rules. The 27-year-old spent just one year with the Lakers before opting out of his contract to become a free agent this summer.
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Bryant has long supported the view that anyone who doesn't play with him is an opponent, and is on record saying that he doesn't get why current players are friends, on and off the court.
"They don't seem to want to talk any trash," he told ESPN in February. "I say everything to LeBron. He says nothing back. He just laughs. There's no banter back and forth. I guess it's a generational thing. When I first came into the league, the trash talk was downright cutthroat."
-With files from The Sports Xchange