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Lakers' Dwight Howard shrugs off father's comments

The back and forth comments between Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant continue. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images) The back and forth comments between Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant continue. (Andrew D. Bernstein/NBAE via Getty Images)

Another day. Another opinion Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard has to comment on.

This time it comes from Howard's own father who told the Atlanta Journal Constitution yesterday that he didn't appreciate the way Lakers guard Kobe Bryant criticized his son. He also had some choice words for Lakers coach Mike D'Antoni.

"The problem is the coach," Howard Sr. told the newspaper, via ESPN.com. "(D'Antoni) needs to step in and say, 'You guys have got to be quiet. We're trying to secure something here.' Dwight is probably looking at the coach, thinking, 'What are you going to do?' I promise, if that had been (former Magic coach) Stan Van Gundy, that wouldn't have happened. (Howard) wouldn't have been admonished publicly. I think the coach has a lot to do with who controls Kobe's mouth right now."

When asked about those comments after Lakers practice on Saturday, Howard had little to say.

"I'm not going to get into it," Howard said. "My dad is a grown man. If that's how he feels, then we'll leave it at that. I'm not going to get into it."

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