While Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant may not be meshing on the court, they certainly are having fun with a report that they nearly came to blows in the locker room on New Year's Day.

Accordingly to a New York Daily News report Monday, teammates had to restrain Howard from going after Bryant in the locker room following a loss to the Philadelphia 76ers.

A league source told the Daily News that the Lakers stars got into a heated exchange following a New Year's Day loss to the 76ers, and Bryant went for a low blow – referencing and agreeing with Shaquille O'Neal's criticisms of Howard being soft.

Bryant, who only joined Twitter last week, has already mastered the medium, sending out this brilliant shot on Monday afternoon.

A person with knowledge of the situation who spoke to USA TODAY Sports' Sam Amick on the condition of anonymity because of the sensitivity of the situation called the report "completely false."

Still, the comedy of Bryant allegedly using O'Neal's words to back up an argument aside, exactly what did the Lakers think they were mixing together here? There's been enough documentation of Howard's deceptive destruction in Orlando last season, but then you combine that "What, me worry?" attitude with Bryant's single-minded competitiveness and surly demeanor and expect it to work?

Now you've got a team that is 15-18 and on its second coach of the season while trying to incorporate a healthy Steve Nash as well as deal with an invisible and sad Pau Gasol. In addition, the team announced Monday that Howard will miss at least a week with a torn labrum while Gasol is out with a concussion.