Davis, Howard Need to be Separated as Lakers Fall to 0-2 on the Season
The new-look Los Angeles Lakers couldn’t have asked for a worse start to their season.
After acquiring Russell Westbrook and just about everyone on the 2012 NBA All-Star team, the Los Angeles Lakers were immediately dubbed one of the early championship favorites, but two games into the season they look anything but that.
Falling to 0-2 following a 115-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns, the Lakers had bigger fish to fry than to address what happened on the court during their lopsided loss on Friday night.
Things got chippy between Dwight Howard and Anthony Davis on the Lakers’ bench. pic.twitter.com/oZBhQ0MV7q
— ESPN (@espn) October 23, 2021
During one of the timeouts, a camera caught Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard getting into an altercation on the sideline. Davis was seen yelling at Howard as both centers walked towards the bench. Howard seemed to be ignoring the clearly frustrated Davis which forced the All-Star to approach Howard once he sat down. The two would get into a short shoving match which was immediately separated by teammates and coaches.
“We squashed that then and there. We just had a disagreement about something on the floor,” said Howard following the game.
On multiple occasions throughout the night, Lakers players were seen pointing fingers at each other during defensive breakdowns, while at certain times, LeBron James took plays off, choosing to remain on the opposite side of the court. Two games into a season, breakdowns do happen, especially considering how many new faces the Lakers have this season, but the negative body language this early on is most certainly a concern.
The Lakers will look to get things rolling on Sunday night as they take on the Memphis Grizzlies.