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Tuesday, June 2, 2020

Dwight Howard says Shaq’s criticism of him is ‘irrelevant’

Dwight Howard

Shaq found a clever way of dragging Dwight Howard into his latest verbal feud with Kobe Bryant this week, but Howard insists he is not concerning himself with the opinions of any Los Angeles Lakers legends as he prepares for the upcoming season.

Bryant said in an interview this week that he could have won 12 NBA titles if Shaq wasn’t so lazy, and Shaq fired back by criticizing Kobe for not passing the ball. Kobe later took to Twitter to say there is “no beef” between the two former Lakers teammates, and Shaq responded by taking a shot at Howard.

While answering some questions from fans on Instagram live Wednesday night, Howard was asked about Shaq.

“I really didn’t see what Shaq said, and it’s OK. I’m not here to talk about Shaq — what he said, what he did,” Howard said. “It’s irrelevant to what I’m trying to do, so don’t talk to me about what anybody else said about me. My focus is on one thing.”

Howard is going to have to get used to talk like this now that he has returned to the Lakers. His first stint with the team was a major disappointment, and the biggest headline to come out of it was the way he infamously butted heads with Kobe. Those storylines are obviously going to resurface, but Howard’s best bet is to ignore them.

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