Originally written on Fox Sports  |  Last updated 11/18/14
Dwight Howard thinks winning stems from strong friendships, even if it's disingenuous. That could be why even Kobe Bryant's staggering production hasn't been enough for the Los Angeles Lakers lately. With Howard's status uncertain due to injury, the Lakers may need to find additional support for Bryant as they host the Denver Nuggets on Sunday night. Los Angeles (15-17) seemed to be reloading for a run at a third NBA title in five seasons after it acquired Howard from Orlando in a blockbuster four-team, 12-player trade in August. The move has yet to pay off as expected, even with Howard averaging 17.4 points and 12.0 rebounds while Bryant leads the NBA at 30.5 points per game. A weak defense continues to be the biggest issue for the Lakers, who rank among the league's worst teams allowing 100.5 points per contest. Howard, who has a sprained rotator cuff in his right shoulder, feels a lack of cohesion is the problem. "We have to play like we like each other," he said. "Even if...
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