Despite standing 6′ 11″ tall, Dwight Howard wasn’t big enough to avoid the bait.

The Atlanta Hawks center challenged a heckler to a fight Sunday at Staples Center after his team’s 109-94 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers. TMZ shared video of the incident, in which viewers can hear the heckler call Howard the “B” word and the eight-time NBA All-Star responds with a challenge.

Howard spent the 2012-13 season with the Los Angeles Lakers before leaving for the Houston Rockets. After two seasons in Houston, he joined Atlanta, his hometown team, last summer. Sunday’s game was Howard’s first visit to Staples Center this season.

The bad feelings from his ill-fated time in Los Angeles still linger. Apparently, the feelings are mutual.

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