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Dwight Howard hints he’ll do Kobe Bryant tribute during Slam Dunk Contest

Dwight Howard. Lakers. Kobe Bryant

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard hinted to reporters on Saturday that he’s going to honor Kobe Bryant during the Slam Dunk Contest.

Howard will be going up against Derrick Jones Jr., Aaron Gordon and Pat Connaughton.

Via Malika Andrews of ESPN:

On Saturday in Chicago, Howard was asked by reporters if Bryant would somehow be honored or incorporated into one of his dunks. He smiled brightly and nodded slightly.

“You’ll have to wait and see,” Howard said coyly.

Howard is taking his second chance with the Lakers very seriously. Through the first 53 games of the season, the three-time Defensive Player of the Year 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 7.8 points, 7.8 rebounds and 1.3 blocks for the Purple and Gold in 20.2 minutes per game, all while shooting 73.8 percent from the field.

With Dwight 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 41-12 on the season and still own the best record in the Western Conference.

Howard won the 2008 Slam Dunk Contest in New Orleans. Let’s see if he can capture his second crown in Chicago.