What's Buzzing:

Puck Daddy

Dwight Howard loses shooting contest to Kings mascot Bailey, brings shame to LA Lakers

Sean Leahy
Puck Daddy

View photo


@BaileyLAKings / Instagram

Everything is coming up Los Angeles Kings.

First, the Kings take social media to a whole different realm. Then they won the Stanley Cup for the first time in franchise history. Following that, there was a parade in L.A., in which the number of Kings fans seemed to exponentially increase overnight.

To try and withstand all of this momentum coming from the city's hockey team, the Los Angeles Lakers went out and acquired Steve Nash and Dwight Howard to fight for another NBA title. On Tuesday, in an epic battle between man and lion, the Kings added another notch to their belt and continued their year of domination.

[Related: Is Dwight Howard even trying with free throws?]

Bailey, the Kings mascot, showed up at the Lakers practice center along with the Philip F. Anschutz Trophy ahead of Sunday's MLS Cup Final, which features the defending champion Los Angeles Galaxy against the Houston Dynamo.

After practice, Bailey challenged Howard to a free-throw shooting contest on a side hoop.

He won. But the competition didn't stop there.

From Dave McMenamin of ESPN LA via (ugh) Sulia:

Dwight said it didn't count unless it was on the main court. So Bailey beat him at free throws on the main court. Then Dwight moved the contest out to the NBA 3-point line. They shot 3s from the corner and Bailey, a man standing about 5-10 wearing a lion costume, beat Howard, a man standing 6-9 and wearing his basketball practice uniform and sneakers as the first person to make five 3s.

Here's video proof:

Howard claimed he wasn't trying because "you have to lose to win" to help Bailey feel better about himself.

Rings help self-esteem, Dwight; you know?

[Related: Dwight Howard talks turkey on Lakers team plane]

The Lakers would go on and lose to the Indiana Pacers on Tuesday night, 79-77. Howard chipped in 17 points, but continued his free-throw struggles going 3 for 12 from the line, lowering his season percentage to .478. It was his worst performance from the stripe since opening night.

It's pretty evident that Bailey was in his head. Even the Laker bros were impressed by Bailey's performance.

Follow Sean Leahy on Twitter at @Sean_Leahy

More sports coverage from the Yahoo! Sports Minute:

Other popular content on the Yahoo! network:
Why Penguins star Sidney Crosby should skate over to the KHL
Watch 8-year-old LeBron James Jr. nail a trick shot
Y! News blog: Mitt Romney, Michelle Obama on 'Least Influential People' list

Sign up for Yahoo Fantasy Hockey
Sorry you didn't like this comment. Please provide a reason below.

Are you sure?
Rating failed. Try again.
Request failed. Try again.
We will promote constructive and witty comments to the top, so everyone sees them!
Sorry, we can’t load comments right now. Try again.
    • Syrian boys warm to Canada's 'beautiful' game, scoring goals — and fans — along the way

      Syrian boys warm to Canada's 'beautiful' game, scoring goals — and fans — along the way

      Mohammed Al-Masri grins from ear to ear as he gives a play-by-play of the goal he scored during his first hockey game. The nine-year-old arrived with his family from Syria eight months ago, and Mohammed and his two brothers started asking to play … More »

      CBC - 1 hour 29 minutes ago
    • No sweet return to Mile High for fumbling Osweiler

      (Reuters) - A sweet homecoming was never likely for Brock Osweiler in Denver on Monday but the Houston Texans quarterback got much more than he bargained for as he delivered a nightmare performance against the Broncos in a 27-9 loss. Returning to … More »

      Reuters - 1 hour 39 minutes ago
    • Jets-Stars Preview

      When the Winnipeg Jets and Dallas Stars hit the ice Tuesday night at American Airlines Center, both teams will be looking to get past disappointing losses. Winnipeg (2-3-0), tied for last in the Central Division, lost 3-0 to the visiting Edmonton … More »

      AP - Sports - 4 hours ago
    • Blue Jackets, Kings both on a roll

      After a sluggish start, Columbus Blue Jackets coach John Tortorella is pleased with the way his club has responded the past two games. "We're coming together," Tortorella told NHL.com. The Blue Jackets open a three-game West Coast swing at Staples … More »

      AP - Sports - 4 hours ago
    • Tired Canucks return home to face Senators

      The Vancouver Canucks will test their early-season fatigue levels when they host the Ottawa Senators on Tuesday night. Meanwhile, the Senators (3-2-0-0) will attempt to adapt quickly to playing in Western Canada after a long flight -- and overcome … More »

      AP - Sports - 4 hours ago