Originally posted on Pro Sports Daily  |  Last updated 10/5/13
When you walk into the Lakers' practice facility you immediately notice a 180-degree difference in the attitude of the players coaches and team personnel. The Dwight Howard factor is gone -- and none of the Lakers are losing any sleep over it. Factor disturbance Dwightmare -- whatever you want to call it -- is in Houston; healthy and getting ready to try and bring a championship to Houston. Things he couldn't do in Los Angeles last season. He did however bring a lot of tension to the Laker locker room which threatened to derail the team's chances at a playoff spot. Lakers' guard Steve Nash loves the more positive attitude around the Toyota Sports Center. "Last year it just didn't work for whatever reason" said the 39-year-old Nash after Friday's practice. "This team never found an identity. We never meshed personality-wise. It never felt right; it never felt easy. Our talent won games for us but there was never that cohesion you need. "This year we've got a lot of great guys and great players and the coaches have done a great job running (practice) sessions and keeping everyone engaged. The spirit is a lot different and everybody's getting a lot done." Nash wouldn't name names but it's obvious he was referring to Howard and Kobe Bryant as he continued.
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