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Kobe Bryant Believes Dwight Howard is ‘Ready’ for Lakers Return

Dwight Howard

This season, the Los Angeles Lakers will have a familiar face. The Lakers will have center Dwight Howard on their roster as they enter the 2019-20 season.

The Lakers have had a busy offseason, as they brought in several players. They brought in former Pelicans forward/center Anthony Davis through a trade with the Pelicans as well as veteran players through free agency. They signed players such as Avery Bradley, Jared Dudley, Danny Green and DeMarcus Cousins. However, they lost Cousins due to an injury. After the injury, the Lakers went on to sign Howard, their most recent free-agent signing.

The move came as somewhat of a surprise as Howard has a history with the Lakers. Howard joined the Lakers in 2012 as the Orlando Magic traded him to the Lakers. His stint with the Lakers was short-lived as he and a teammate dealt with chemistry issues.

Howard and Laker great Kobe Bryant did not mesh during that time, and Bryant had his share of criticisms about Howard after their only season together. But, Bryant recently gave an interesting take on Howard joining the Lakers.

Dwight Howard and Kobe Bryant
Howard and  Bryant played one season together before Howard joined the Rockets (Photo by Harry How/Getty Images)

Recently, Bryant was a guest on “The Talk” and spoke on the Lakers’ decision to sign Howard. Bryant said that he believes that Howard is ready this time.

“I think he’s ready. He’s ready for this next time around — to do whatever is necessary to help the team be successful. And I think he’ll do it.” The Laker legend said.

Bryant also gave Howard advice as the center prepares for his second stint with the Lakers.

“The words of wisdom are always to get better. I think a lot of times as professionals, you start the season without the intention of getting better as the season progresses. You always continue to work on your weaknesses as the season progresses, so that would be my advice.”

Howard’s second stint with the Lakers is much different than his first. His role will be decreased but still significant. If he plays well and is ready like Bryant believes, he will be a huge help in the Lakers success.


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