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Frank Vogel: ‘Dwight Howard Understands He’ll Be More Of A Role Player’

(via Sports Illustrated)

(via Sports Illustrated)

Dwight Howard is set to start a new chapter with the Los Angeles Lakers next season after a first stint with the Purple and Gold full of controversies and troubles. Following DeMarcus Cousins’ injury, the Lakers were forced to start looking for a replacement for Boogie, and Howard was selected to take the job.

Albeit he wants to come back to the headlines and prove himself this upcoming season, he won’t have a huge role as he was used to during his best days. According to his new head coach Frank Vogel, D-12 will have a different role with the Lakers, and he appears to be cool with that situation.

New Lakers head coach Vogel explained how good he feels about his new player, as he said on Access SportsNet:

“We feel really good about where he’s at as a person,” Vogel said. “He’s [Howard] gonna serve a different role. It’s gonna be more of a role player type of role as opposed to being the lead, and he understands that.”

Over the last four seasons, Howard played for four different teams (Rockets, Hawks, Hornets and Wizards), falling to displays the good things he showed during his days with the Orlando Magic.

As Vogel pointed out, Howard is not the same guy that posted 22.1 points and 14.1 rebounds while being a defensive nightmare for the Magic, so he’ll try to use him differently. Vogel is confident that Howard can adjust to being a role player and help the organization to win the title next campaign.