I don't believe it's Kobe vs Dwight. I think the Lakers have made it perfectly clear that Dwight is the future moving forward and Kobe has said that much as well.
To me, the situation could present itself in the form of D'Antoni and Dwight Howard. Let's not forget that Kobe re-signed with the team two days after Shaq was traded back in 2004.
I still don't see how the Lakers could choose an average at best coach over a franchise player. If Dwight gives the front office any indication that D'Antoni is the reason for him not coming back, then MDA will be gone.
I feel like he has given decent indication he doesn't want MDA. I mean it seems like a general consensus around the league thats the biggest reason.