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Frank Vogel had nothing but good words to say about his relationship with former Lakers big man Dwight Howard.

Vogel, the head coach of the Lakers, called his relationship with Howard ‘one of the most rewarding player-coach relationships’ he ever had.

“It’s one of the more rewarding player-coach relationships that I’ve been a part of. Obviously Dwight was in a low point in his career and we gave him an opportunity if he bought into playing a role different than any role he’d ever played before.

To see him buy into what we were presenting to him and for him to reward us with really quality play but also a sacrificial approach — there were some playoff series he didn’t play — and the energy that he maintained was just a feel-good part of our season last year.

He was a great part of our championship. My relationship with him over that full season is one of the more rewarding player-coach relationships of my career,” Vogel said about Howard, via Lakers Nation.

Vogel and Howard won the 2020 NBA title with the Lakers, while the veteran big man joined the Philadelphia 76ers during the offseason.