Gregg Popovich reportedly cursed at Dwight Howard during this year's All-Star Game, but the story was likely exaggerated by ESPN's Stephen A. Smith.

"Spur assistants who were in the All-Star Game huddle in Houston say the incident has been overblown," wrote T.J. Simers of the Los Angeles Times.

Howard said Friday night that what Smith had told everyone "just never happened."

"Pop was diagramming a play for me, and then as he showed us what to do he kept saying, 'Blake.' So Blake (Griffin) and I are confused, but he keeps saying Blake, so Blake takes off his jersey and goes into the game. "Pop sees me and wants to know why I'm not in the game running the play, so I tell him he kept saying Blake so Blake went in. He wasn't swearing at me."