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Lakers' Dwight Howard says someone reported him to the NBA's bubble hotline for not wearing his mask

Lakers' Dwight Howard says someone reported him to the NBA's bubble hotline for not wearing his mask

According to Los Angeles Lakers big man, Dwight Howard the NBA established anonymous tip line is alive and well inside of the Orlando restart bubble. 

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"'Who being a rat?' I don't know, someone done told on me, man," Howard said. "I ain't have my mask on when I was outside walking by myself."

According to the NBA's 113-page handbook, players and team staff must wear face masks basically anytime they are within six feet of anybody else. 

Because we don't have the full details on the incident Howard is speaking of, we're unaware of if Howard was specifically violating that rule.

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After the anonymous hotline's implementation on July 13th, multiple tips have been placed regarding protocol violations according to The Athletic's Shams Charania.

Some players in violation have received warnings.

After missing nearly the entire 2018-19 season during his time with the Wizards due to injury, Howard has reinvented himself in LA playing 62 games this year while averaging 7.5 points and 7.4 rebounds. 

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Report: 'No divide' between Lakers after Dwight Howard's statement about not wanting to resume season

Report: 'No divide' between Lakers after Dwight Howard's statement about not wanting to resume season

Brooklyn Nets guard Kyrie Irving made headlines on Friday when reports surfaced that he led an 80-player conference call, expressing why he believes the NBA season should not return amid the social justice movement following the death of George Floyd.

Dwight Howard was one of the players on the call, and the Lakers center voiced his support for Irving.

LeBron James, Howard's current teammate and Irving's former teammate, did not join the call, stating he believes that resuming the NBA season will not interfere with the Black Lives Matter movement and his ability to enact change in society.

While James and Howard have differing opinions on whether the league should resume, there's "no divide" between Lakers players, according to ESPN's Dave McMenamin.

"Still have some time to figure things out as a league and as a team," one Lakers player said to ESPN.

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Howard released a long statement via his agent on Friday explaining why as much as he wants to win his first championship, he doesn't want to play basketball until "we get things resolved."

I agree with Kyrie. Basketball, or entertainment period, isn't needed at this moment, and will only be a distraction. Sure it might not distract us the players, but we have resources at hand [the] majority of our community don't have. And the smallest distraction for them, can start a trickle-down effect that may never stop. Especially with the way the climate is now. I would love nothing more than to win my very first NBA championship. But the unity of my people would be an even better championship, that's just too beautiful to pass up. What better time than now for us to be focusing on our families? This is a rare opportunity that, I believe, we as a community should be taking full advantage of. When have we ever had this amount of time to sit and be with our families? This is where our unity starts. At home! With family!! European colonization stripped us of our rich history and we have yet to sit down and figure us out. The less distractions, the more we can put into action into rediscovering ourselves. Nations come out of families. Black/African-American is not a nation or nationality. It's time our families become their own nations. No basketball till we get things resolved.

Clippers guard Patrick Beverley weighed in on the discussion Sunday night, tweeting that if James wants to play basketball, they will play.

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Howard has yet to decide if he will play in Orlando, per his agent.

The NBA is targeting a July 30 return at the ESPN Wide World of Sports Complex in Orlando. The Lakers currently hold the No. 1 seed in the Western Conference.

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Ex-Wizard Marcin Gortat nearly signed with Lakers before they got Dwight Howard

Ex-Wizard Marcin Gortat nearly signed with Lakers before they got Dwight Howard

Before the Los Angeles Lakers signed one former Wizards center, they almost signed another one.

Last summer, the Lakers brought in veteran Dwight Howard after his one season in Washington and that has worked out quite well for them. Howard has enjoyed a renaissance while playing alongside LeBron James and Anthony Davis.

But that contract nearly went to Marcin Gortat, as Gortat explained on the 'Wizards Talk' podcast with NBC Sports Washington's Chris Miller.

"It's kind of funny because I was really competing with him for getting that job in Los Angeles. I had a phone call from management from the Los Angeles Lakers. We were talking back and forth. I think one thing that worked for him was he was in L.A. and he was able to show he was in great shape. I was back in Poland basically where I didn't anticipate the call," Gortat said.

Gortat, who started his career as Howard's backup in Orlando for several years, went on to say how he understands why the Lakers went with Howard and why Howard is probably a better fit with them in this era of NBA basketball.

"I'm happy for Dwight. At the end of the day, I'm happy that he's still in the league. Let's be honest, he's probably 10 times more athletic than I am but that's what teams need right now. They don't need a big man that's going to set a million screens and roll to the basket. They need a guy who can get 10 rebounds and probably get two or three blocks and he's capable of doing that right now," Gortat said.

Gortat recently announced his retirement from the NBA after 12 seasons. He explained to Miller the reasons why he called it a career, what he plans to do next and also his highly publicized relationship with John Wall. Listen to the full podcast here:

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