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Kobe Bryant Weighs in on Dwight Howard Signing With the Lakers

BOSTON, MA - FEBRUARY 7: Kobe Bryant #24 and Dwight Howard #12 of the Los Angeles Lakers look on following a foul against the Boston Celtics during the game on February 7, 2013 at TD Garden in Boston, Massachusetts. NOTE TO USER: User expressly acknowledges and agrees that, by downloading and or using this photograph, User is consenting to the terms and conditions of the Getty Images License Agreement. (Photo by Jared Wickerham/Getty Images)
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Dwight Howard's return to the Los Angeles Lakers has often been criticized, but one of the harshest critics when it comes to basketball, future Hall of Famer Kobe Bryant, had something else to say.

Bryant, to everybody's surprise, is behind Howard and thinks this run in LA will go much better than 2013. Kobe emphasized the importance of getting better as the NBA season progresses, and there's really nobody better to speak on work ethic than the Black Mamba himself.

Howard said he had hit rock bottom and even gave up guaranteed money for a chance to redeem himself for his previous Lakers run. The three-time Defensive Player of the Year seems locked in on helping the Lakers reach a title once again, and ready to assume whatever role they ask of him.

Bryant claimed to be at peace with the end of his basketball career, and looks to have left any previous grudges or beefs that occurred over his 20-year career in the rearview. It's refreshing to see a legendary league figure like Kobe have something positive to say about Howard, though it's a little surprising that it's coming from him.