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Lakers’ Dwight Howard confirms he’ll do 2020 Slam Dunk Contest

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Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard confirmed on Tuesday that he’ll be participating in the 2020 Slam Dunk Contest.

The NBA All-Star weekend is in Chicago this year. Howard won the 2008 Slam Dunk Contest in New Orleans.

It should be cool to see Howard compete in the dunk contest again in Chicago. He’s still an elite athlete who can soar with the best of them.

Howard is taking his second chance with the Lakers very seriously. Through the first 43 games of the season, Howard hasn’t been a distraction — on or off the court — and is playing high-level defense.

No longer a superstar in the league, Howard is coming off the bench for the Lakers and playing his role very well. He is averaging 7.1 points, 7.6 rebounds and 1.4 blocks for the Purple and Gold in 19.9 minutes per game. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year is also shooting 72.8 percent from the field.

With Howard, Anthony Davis and JaVale McGee anchoring the paint for LA, the Lakers are primed to have one of the best defenses in the NBA come playoff time. LA is 34-9 on the season after losing to the Boston Celtics on Monday, but they still have the best record in the Western Conference.

Dwight Howard, who is an eight-time All-Star, won’t play in an All-Star game again, so the Dunk Contest is the closest thing he will get to being back in the All-Star hoopla.