Dwight Howard
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Dwight Howard returned to the Los Angeles Lakers after 6 years and will hope to have a better season this time around. His first spell with the Lakers in 2012-2013 season did not go well.

Howard had a his sit down interview with Shams Charania of Stadium and talked about his first season with the Lakers. Here is what the 33–year-old veteran said:

“Well, I just think there were two big problems. Injuries and ego. For a basketball team, those two things can make or break you. When you’ve got major guys on the team that get injured, it kind of takes away from what you’re trying to accomplish.

“And then, when everybody isn’t on the same page because of their egos and what they’re being fed by people at home, agents and stuff like that… now you’ve got everybody just out there doing their own thing,” Howard said. “But when you take your ego away, leave it at home, throw it in the trash and just come to work and do your job, it makes everything a lot better.”

During his first season with the Lakers Howard averaged 17.1 points and 12.4 rebounds. He was the league leader in rebounding and ranked second in field goal percentage. Howard was also named to the All-NBA Third Team after having received five consecutive first-team honors.