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Kobe, Howard Headed for Rocky Finish

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Kobe Bryant is frustrated with a former Orlando Magic center who clowns a lot and can't shoot free throws, and as we all know from the documented past, this probably won't end well.

At least Kobe won three championships with Shaquille O'Neal before running him off, and the story seems destined to repeat itself with Dwight Howard, minus the rings. Yes, their relationship, cozy at first – Kobe calling Dwight "misunderstood" and a "good dude" just three months ago when the Lakers were champions on paper – is veering off the yellow-bricked road and toward splitsville. Once you start questioning, even gently, a teammate's heart and pain threshold, really, is there any turning back? Isn't that the one injury that can't heal?

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