LOS ANGELES (KTLA) – Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant “unfollowed” Dwight Howard on Twitter late Friday after Howard announced he was leaving the team.
Bryant also posted a picture on Instagram showing teammate Pau Gasol with his hand on Bryant’s head.
His post included the Spanish words “#vamos #juntos #lakercorazon,” which roughly translate to “let’s go,” “together” and “Laker heart.”
While many Lakers fans were upset by Howard’s decision, Los Angeles Times columnist Bill Plaschke said his departure was best for the team.
“Gone is perhaps the biggest one-year disappointment in Lakers history, an All-Star center who arrived here last summer bearing a championship promise he quickly broke with a lack of consistent intensity, a shortage of competitive focus and an absence of any sort of measurable refusal to lose,” Plaschke wrote.
Howard announced Friday evening he would leave the Lakers for the Houston Rockets.
“I’ve decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets,” Howard tweeted. “I feel its the best place for me and I am excited about joining the Rockets and I’m looking forward to a great season. I want to thank the fans in Los Angeles and wish them the best.”
He made the announcement just a few hours after USA TODAY Sports broke the story that he was close to signing a four-year, $88-million deal with the Rockets.
Howard, 27, spent one season with the Lakers after the Orlando Magic traded him a year ag