Gregg Popovich Reportedly Cursed Out Dwight Howard at 2013 NBA All-Star Game

Jesse DorseyFeatured ColumnistFebruary 20, 2013

HOUSTON, TX - FEBRUARY 17:  Dwight Howard #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers and the Western Conference reacts before the 2013 NBA All-Star game at the Toyota Center on February 17, 2013 in Houston, Texas. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement.  (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)
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This may come as a shocker, but Gregg Popovich doesn't like shenanigans, even when they're coming from Dwight Howard during an All-Star Game. So of course he had a few choice words for the Los Angeles Lakers' big man.

According to Stephen A. Smith (I know, stop laughing), Howard was goofing around on the bench while Popovich was trying to draw up a play, so he cursed at him.

Just remember, this is the guy that said Howard talked to Rudy Gay in Toronto about his desire to play for the Brooklyn Nets more than a week before Gay was ever traded to the Raptors.

Here's the extent of what Smith said on his ESPN Radio show:

Then this past weekend, at All-Star weekend—I haven’t seen anyone report it, so I guess I’ll be the first.

Coach Gregg Popovich dropped a few f-bombs in Dwight Howard’s direction, during All-Star break. Now, why is that, guys? Because, during the timeout, Gregg Popovich drew up a play for Dwight Howard in the game…except when it was time to run the play, Dwight Howard wasn’t in the game, wasn’t paying attention, was on the bench in his warm ups chillin' out, socializing with folks, and Gregg Popovich almost went ballistic, and basically was cussing at him; according to numerous people I spoke to since this weekend.

So, all of that speaks to the focus, or lack there of, that the Kobe Bryants and others have alluded to with their comments over the last few months. You can’t have something like that. It’s an All-Star game and you have Gregg Popovich upset at you.

As wonky as Smith's reporting can be at times, this is one that I actually believe.

Not only is this the most Dwight Howardish thing to happen, goofing around when the coach is trying to draw a play for him, it's also the most Gregg Popovichy thing to ever happen, getting angry and cursing out a player during an exhibition.