Dwight Howard is feeling the hate from Los Angeles Lakers fans as West Coast rapper Ice Cube became the latest big name to bash the NBA player’s move to the Houston Rockets.
Before performing in front of a full house at L.A.’s Greek Theater, Cube went on a profanity-laced tirade, calling the 6’11” center “Dwight Coward.” The YouTube user Kenny Dorset captured the rant and posted it Monday.
“We don’t want no bitches on the Lakers,” Ice Cube, born O’Shea Jackson, continued. He then predicted that Lakers superstar Kobe Bryant would lead L.A. on a championship run in 2014 without Howard.
Ice Cube isn’t the first celebrity to rip on Howard for leaving the City of Angels. Former Lakers legend Shaquille O’Neal went with a more passive-aggressive approach, saying that Howard couldn’t handle the L.A. spotlight and would be better fit for a “little town” like Houston.
Ex-Lakers coach Phil Jackson posted his disdain for the seven-time all-star on Twitter, writing that Howard “left a distaste in Lakerland” though the team would “be fine.”
Howard announced on July 5 via Twitter his decision to sign with the Houston Rockets. “I’ve decided to become a member of the Houston Rockets,” Howard tweeted. “I feel its (sic) the best place for me and I am excited.”
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