Los Angeles Lakers' Anthony Davis and Dwight Howard had to be separated following a heated exchange near the end of the first half of Friday's 115-105 loss to the Phoenix Suns. However, Howard insisted after the game that ne and Davis squashed what happened and moved on.
"We squashed it right then and there," Howard said afterward. "We just had a disagreement about something that was on the floor. We're both very passionate about winning. We didn't want to lose this game, so we're just passionate.
We got it out the way. We're grown men, things happen. But we are going to squash this little issue between me and him, and that's my brother, that's my teammate." Davis also insisted he and Howard were on good terms.
"It's over with," Davis said, explaining that the dispute was over failed execution on their pick-and-roll coverage. "After the situation happened, me and DH, we talked about it and we left it at that."
Howard acknowledges the Lakers are still trying to figure it out
"We're just trying to get it together," Howard said. "This is our second game, our second real game. And we got to get it right. I know a lot of people are counting us out already.
It's early. Lot of people laughing at us and joking, but we going to get this thing together." Lakers superstar LeBron James tried to put everything into perspective. "Obviously the name of the game is to win ballgames," James said.
"But there is a process along with building something to become the team that you want to become. And I know it firsthand. I know the shortcomings that happens throughout when you're trying to build something special and that doesn't happen overnight.
As much as you want it, you're going to get frustrated at times because you know what you're capable of. You know what the team can become capable of. But it just takes time." James insisted the Davis and Howard exchange wasn't a big thing since it happens in the competitive world.
"We're competitors," James said. "If you don't get mad at certain things on the floor that you feel like you should have done better, then what are you here for? So we like that as a ball club. We like the adversity.
I like the adversity, and I like it even more when two men on the team can come together and talk about it and move on. "That's what real men do. They don't let it linger. They say what you got to say and you talk about it and you move on. And that's what they did tonight."