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Orlando center Dwight Howard leaves the court after the Magic's 99-86 loss to the Los Angeles Lakers in Game 5 of the NBA Finals at Amway Arena in Orlando, Florida, Sunday, June 14, 2009. The Lakers won the Finals with the victory. (Gary W. Green/Orlando Sentinel/MCT) Photo via Newscom

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Dwight Howard flattened the creases across the chest of his brand-new gold jersey and joined his teammates for a group photo, joking around and laughing even while saying cheese. The superstar center might be an eight-year NBA veteran, but Monday still felt like the first day of school. And it was, in a way: Howard is just getting started on his real NBA education from the Los Angeles Lakers and Kobe Bryant, who is just as eager to teach as Howard is to learn. ''I know he's going to be tough on me, but I expect that, and I want him to be that,'' Howard said. ''I want to be that guy. I'll take all the heat he's going to give me, because I know at the end of the day, it's going to make me a better player and a better person. ... I'm willing to go through that process, learn from one of the greatest ever to play the game, and I think it'll be great.'' Howard and Bryant wore their gold uniforms together for the first time Monday as the Lakers opened training camp with a revamped ros...
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  • The indestructible indispensable team finally met. The most sophisticatred and the most lethal weapons systems ever assembled met in El Segundo this morning. but with all eyes focused only on two seemingly innocent figure. One, the greatest player that ever played the game, second the most dominant beast and defender that ever played the game.Yes all eyes were on the whole day on this two seemingly future Hall of Famers wearing Purple and Gold for the first time in their respective careers. The deadliest dynamic duo the NBA will ever see in this decade.The Los Angeles Lakers has done it again and again so much so that they always get away with it.Very few don't realize that significance of this phenomenon. Supported by superstars in their own right. One of the most elite Point guard, one of the most powerful power forward, the number one player in Europe, another elite defender. People will always remember from this period on that what they are about to see will be "The Greatest Show On Earth." Nothing like this had happened or will ever happen again in future generations. Forget about your worries about the chemistry, the "GEL" because each and every player is fully aware that "NOW" is the time for this to happen. There will never be a Howard,Kobe,Nash,Gasol,MWP team in the next 3 or 4 years ever adain. THEY ARE FULLY AWARE OF THIS. SO IT MUST HAPPEN NOW. yOU HAVE HEARD THEM SAYS THIS THEMSELVES THAT CHAMPIONSHIP IS THEIR MAIN GOAL AND NOTHING IS SECOND PLACE. NOW IS THE TIME
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