There has been a lot of turmoil between the players on the Los Angeles Lakers, and Kobe Bryant's recent comments probably won't help matters much.
The guard was recently asked about the team shopping Howard, and was flippant with his answer. According to the LA Times:
“On Sunday, Bryant said ‘it doesn’t matter’ what his team does with the six-time All-Star. ‘I don’t know what they are going to do,’ Bryant said Sunday at Toyota Center after helping the West defeat the East, 143-138, in the All-Star game. ‘But at this point …, it doesn’t matter. what matters to us is what we do on Wednesday [against the Boston Celtics] and go from there. That’s the most important thing. That’s my message to the team is that you can’t worry about the future, you can’t worry about the past, you just have to focus on the present and we really have to maximize every single game.’”