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Dwight Howard Yells at Mitch Kupchak After Getting Ejected from Lakers-Spurs (Video)

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The Los Angeles Lakers lost Game 4 of their first round NBA Playoff series against the San Antonio Spurs, just like everyone knew they would. There was no way that a couple of half-healthy bigs in Pau Gasol and Dwight Howard, coupled with the likes of Darius Morris and Earl Clark, coached by the perpetually-confused Mike D’Antoni, would be able to get past Gregg Popovich and his boys.

No. Way.

As is usually the case, though, the Lakers didn’t go quietly into the night. Howard managed to get himself ejected from the proceedings after arguing a bad call and receiving his second technical foul – a move reminiscent of how Andrew Bynum unceremoniously got himself booted the last time L.A. got swept out of the postseason.

On his way off the court, Howard passed Lakers GM Mitch Kupchak. Without really giving it much thought, Kupchak continued to watch the game while simultaneously patting Howard on the backside. Howard responded to the gesture like this:

Naturally, conspiracy theories began to flow across Twitter immediately after the fact: Howard insulted Kupchak. He said he didn’t want to be a Laker anymore. Blah. Blah. Blah. Sure, there was absolutely no evidence of that. Yes, it was impossible read to Howard’s lips. But, you know – Twitter is gonna is Twitter.

After the outing, Howard squashed any and all rumors that he randomly said he was leaving L.A. on his way out of the arena by essentially confirming that he wanted to stay a Laker:

Im still upset about tonights game and the way this season ended. Im mad I lost my cool. Im sorry for letting my team and our fans down when

— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) April 29, 2013

when they needed me the most. If there’s one thing I’ve learned this year its that I need to be more responsible for my actions and learn to

— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) April 29, 2013

when they needed me the most. If there’s one thing I’ve learned this year its that I need to be more responsible for my actions and learn to

— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) April 29, 2013

to “breathe”! (Maybe I will take up yoga and come back calmer or @charliesheen can help me with my anger management) But despite our tough

— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) April 29, 2013

season, it is an honor being a member of a team with this amazing history & the best fans in the league!

— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) April 29, 2013

I hope I get the chance to make it up to you!” Thank u la.

— Dwight Howard (@DwightHoward) April 29, 2013

Maybe Howard will remain with the Lakers this summer; maybe he’ll go play for the Houston Rockets or Dallas Mavericks. Either way, though, him turning around and most likely complaining about getting ejected to Kupchak on Sunday will have zero impact on that decision.

Source: Larry Brown Sports

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