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Kobe Bryant Says Dwight Howard Is ‘Ready For This Next Time Around’

Credit: USATSI

Credit: USATSI

The Los Angeles Lakers had a very entertaining offseason, landing big names that made them instant contenders. Even after the busiest days of free agency ended, the team kept making moves. Following DeMarcus Cousins’ injury during a pick-up game, Los Angeles had to look for replacements for Boogie, reuniting with Dwight Howard ultimately.

Albeit Howard didn’t have the best time with the Lakers during his lone season in 2012/13, he has shown his commitment to helping the team this season, even if that means he’ll get a minor role. It looks like people are buying this version of Howard, including Lakers legend Kobe Bryant, who was D-12 nemesis during the time they shared together at the Staples Center.

Albeit things didn’t work out between the two stars, Kobe thinks his former teammate is ‘ready for this next time around,’ via The Talk:

“I think he’s ready. He’s ready for this next time around — to do whatever is necessary to help the team be successful. And I think he’ll do it.”

In addition, Bryant gave Howard some much-needed advice:

“The words of wisdom are always to get better. I think a lot of times as professionals, you start the season without the intention of getting better as the season progresses. You always continue to work on your weaknesses as the season progresses, so that would be my advice.”

Things didn’t end the best way between Bryant and Howard, but everything has changed now, with fans looking forward to seeing what the big man is going to bring to the table. If someone like Bryant, arguably the greatest Laker of all time, thinks he’ll be fine, then fans don’t have reasons to be worried.