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Big man Dwight Howard returned to the Los Angeles Lakers after 6 years and will hope to have a better season this time around:

“I’m just full of gratitude, and just thankful for the opportunity to play at a high level, but also the opportunity to come back here and play in L.A. This organization has been great since I’ve been back. I never thought that this would happen and that I’d be playing for the Lakers again. I literally hated how this situation ended the first time, but divine timing is everything, and I believe everything happens for a reason. There is a reason I’m back here in L.A., and God is awesome, so I’m happy,” Howard told Steve Mason and John Ireland of ESPN.

The 33-year-old missed most part of the 2018-19 season owing to injuries, averaging 12.8 points along with 9.2 rebounds per game. As a Laker, he averaged 17.1 points, 12.4 boards and 2.4 blocks per contest in the 2012-13 season.