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Shaq Says Dwight Howard Is The "Missing Link" For Lakers

(via Washington Post)

(via Washington Post)

Dwight Howard's season with the Lakers in 2012 was less than ideal for either party. For the Lakers, Dwight became a distraction all season long as they struggled to live up to expectations. For Dwight, that season began the start of a spiral of dysfunction that would lead him to four teams in six years.

Now, both Howard and the Lakers are hoping for a better outcome this go-round.

According to Shaq, however, Dwight will play a bigger role in L.A. than we think.

Is D12 really the "missing link" in Los Angeles? With LeBron James and Anthony Davis, they certainly have a core that can contend with the rest of them. To get on top, however, they will need their role-players to step up in ways they haven't in the past.

As a part of the team, Dwight will have to step up and fulfill his role for them. With so much history, his path to redemption could lead him to a breakout season. There is nothing the team would want more.