Dwight Howard Instagrams photo of himself dunking on Kobe Bryant

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If someone ever photographed me dunking on someone – an impossibility, considering my hops have most commonly been compared to Bill Laimbeer’s, and I’m not 6-foot-11 – I’d be tempted to send that picture to the dunk victim every single day.

If the dunked-on were my friend, I probably would. If he weren’t a friend, I’d probably resist. You can just rib friends in ways you don’t treat others.

Well, either Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant have improved their relationship or Howard doesn’t share my approach, because the Rockets center posted this on his Instagram:

Throwback hahahahah. Nothin like how he got me but look at dfish and pau face hhahah.

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I’m not sure Howard’s self-deprecating caption will spare him from wrath of Kobe, who isn’t in the best mood these days.

Howard has mostly laid low in Houston, going about his business and helping his new team play much better than his old team has since trading for him. It seems Howard enjoys being (relatively) out of the spotlight and not facing quite so much pressure.

But this Instagram could stir up plenty of attention if Kobe responds. If Kobe lets it go, I suspect the photo it will pass soon enough.

I believe Howard is savvy enough to understand that. Maybe he misses the Los Angeles media attention, after all.