Kobe Bryant vs Dwight Howard
Similar to another seven-foot center who led the Orlando Magic to an NBA Finals appearance, Dwight Howard demanded a trade out of Orlando. The Magic again granted his wishes, trading Howard to the Los Angeles Lakers, to (ironically) play alongside Kobe Bryant. In what shouldn’t be any surprise, Bryant absolutely loathed Howard’s lackadaisical attitude towards winning (compared to Bryant’s pathological competitiveness).
Similar to his feuds with Shaq roughly one decade earlier, Howard insinuated Bryant was a “ball hog” while Bryant publicly stated that winning championships is not synonymous with being the most popular guy in the locker room — a shot at Howard’s fun-loving (and borderline childish) nature. After just two seasons in Los Angeles, Howard left town, signing with the Houston Rockets.