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Dwight Howard wanted to clarify something about his visit to see Kobe on Monday ...
Howard and Jodie Meeks went to visit Kobe Bryant at his Newport Beach, Calif. home on Monday while Bryant was hobbling around in a cast and on crutches just days after his Achilles surgery.
"He's doing pretty good," Howard said. "We went up there and sat with him for a couple hours and just talked. My main thing is just being there for him. Sometimes when you're sitting in your house all day, it gets lonely. So, we went up there to see him"
"By the way, the picture of the dog, it's not my dog," Howard said (see the picture here on Kobe's Instagram: http://instagram.com/p/YJciuZRNnA/). "It was Kobe's dog."
What was the dog's name?
"That's Kobe's dog," Howard said. "That's Gucci."
I don't know what's more remarkable: the fact that Kobe has a dog named after a designer fashion label (Buzz Bissinger would be so proud) or the fact that Howard has now visited Bryant's home when Derek Fisher said last season that he has never been to Casa de Bryant before.
Back to the visit though.
"I think it was good for him," Howard said. "Just having teammates who come check up on you, it means a lot and it shows to him that we care and it's not all about things that have happened or things that have been said. But, we want to be there for him. This is a tough time. When you're down, you're out, you want to have people who are going to stick close to you. We want to be close."