Since the All-Star break, the Lakers are 7-2. A resurgent Dwight Howard has been a major part of the Lakers' run.
Something clicked for Howard in Houston during All-Star weekend.
"I stayed in the hotel and just thought about the first half of the season and what I could do better. How I could be better for our team." said the Lakers center. "I just told myself, 'I'm going to commit myself to being better for the second half of the season.'"
When Howard first arrived to Los Angeles in August, he said he didn't think playing with Kobe Bryant would change him as a player or a person.
"Kobe's going to be Kobe and I'm going to be Dwight," he said at his introductory press conference. "I'm not going to try to change who he is and I'm not going to change who I am. I'm going to have fun and do what I do and that's what got me here today and I'm not going to change it."
Now 63 games into the season, Howard may be realizing how much of an influence Bryant has had.
"We talked and Bryant ...