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Howard Strives to Avoid Year-Ago Chaos

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Through this season of epic failure in Los Angeles, with the injuries and inability to stamp the Lakers with his greatness, Dwight Howard walks ever so delicately up to a line that was not so much crossed as obliterated a year ago. He has been careful not to cross it this time, not to allow his image and name to be dragged down any lower than they were on his way out of Orlando.

Despite the inglorious start to a seven-game road trip in Phoenix on Wednesday night, punctuated by another thunderclap that was Howard's ailing right shoulder popping again, the Lakers have ...

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