Howard returns for second stint in L.A.

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August 27, 2019 - 9:43 AM

Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard grimaces in apparent pain after hurting his shoulder while playing against the Denver Nuggets at Staples Center in Los Angeles in January 2013. ROBERT GAUTHIER/LOS ANGELES TIMES/TNS

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Dwight Howard rejoined the Los Angeles Lakers on Monday, six seasons after his acrimonious departure.

The eight-time All-Star center and 15-year NBA veteran is the Lakers’ improbable choice to fill the sudden roster vacancy created by DeMarcus Cousins’ knee injury.

Howard spent one memorable season with the Lakers in 2012-13 after joining the club with Steve Nash in Los Angeles’ high-risk attempt to create an immediate championship contender. While he led the NBA in rebounding and valiantly played through injuries, Howard also clashed with Kobe Bryant and subsequently spurned Los Angeles as a free agent after the Lakers lost in the first round of the playoffs.

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