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Anthony Davis claims Dwight Howard wants his second run with Lakers to be a ‘great one’

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Dwight Howard is back with the Los Angeles Lakers for his second stint with the franchise, and his new teammate Anthony Davis believes it will be a “great one” for the 33-year-old center.

Howard played for the Lakers in the 2012-13 season, but it was a disappointing one for him as his partnership with Kobe Bryant and Steve Nash never panned out. It didn’t help that he wasn’t able to develop a good relationship with Kobe.

This time, however, it’s different for the former Defensive Player of the Year.

Howard’s recent tenure in the NBA has been much-traveled, with the veteran big man spending one-year stints with the Atlanta Hawks, Charlotte Hornets, and Washington Wizards — not including several trade destinations where he was waived, like most recently the Memphis Grizzlies.

A three-time Defensive Player of the Year who led the Orlando Magic to a 2009 NBA Finals berth, Howard pushed a trade out of central Florida to join the Lakers in 2012. Unfortunately, the Purple and Gold finished with a 45-37 record and were swept by the San Antonio Spurs in the first round.

Now, Howard claims he knows his role better. Unlike his first stint with the team, he won’t be a focal point on offense and will instead be tasked to rebound and protect the rim.

Howard joined LA late in the summer after the Lakers made a flurry of moves, including an early one prior to the 2019 draft when they acquired Davis from the New Orleans Pelicans. He came in as a replacement for DeMarcus Cousins, who is likely out for the season after sustaining an ACL injury during a workout this summer.