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Lakers’ Dwight Howard told Anthony Davis he has no problem playing center alongside him

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Dwight Howard told Los Angeles Lakers star Anthony Davis he has no problem playing center alongside him.

Howard has been playing the five position his whole life.

“I said I have no problem with playing the five,” Howard told Shams Charania of Stadium. “I’ve been doing it my whole life. I’ve played against some of the biggest centers: Shaq, Yao Ming, Jermaine O’Neal, Mutombo, Embiid, all these guys I’ve played against, you know, and I actually enjoy, you know, playing defense. So, I have no problem with that.”

At his introductory press conference with the Lakers, Anthony Davis said:

“I like playing the four, I’m not even going to sugarcoat it. I like playing the four, I don’t really like playing the five. But if it comes down to it, Coach, and you need me to play the five, I’ll play the five.”

The Lakers’ projected starting lineup for the upcoming season is LeBron James, Danny Green, Kyle Kuzma, Davis and JaVale McGee. Dwight Howard will be McGee’s backup.

Davis put up 25.9 points, 12.0 rebounds, 3.9 assists and 2.4 blocks in 56 games last season. The six-time All-Star shot 51.7 percent from the floor, 33.1 percent from the 3-point line and 79.4 percent from the charity stripe.

Howard, meanwhile, averaged 12.8 points and 9.2 rebounds with the Washington Wizards. He played in just nine games after undergoing a lumbar microdiscotemy in November.