When Dwight Howard allowed 5’9” Nate Robinson to leapfrog him in the dunk contest in February ‘09, effectively ceding the dunk crown to Robinson and emasculating himself in one three-second span, Howard said it was all in fun, as did many others. Not Kobe. When I asked him whether he’d ever let someone dunk over him in a similar situation, he grimaced. “Fuck no!” he said. “Especially not to lose no goddam dunk contest!
— Chris Ballard, "The Art of a Beautiful Game," Chapter 1 (“Killer Instinct: Why Kobe Bryant Wants to Beat You at Everything”)