Kobe Bryant believes Dwight Howard will be better prepared to chase a championship with the Los Angeles Lakers than he was during his first stint in purple and gold.
The Lakers acquired Howard and two-time NBA MVP Steve Nash that offseason to form a "Big Three" with Bryant.
Los Angeles went 45-37 in 2012-13 before getting swept out of the first round as Bryant was sidelined by a torn Achilles.
He made it clear that he is ready for a "fresh start" and that his "only dedication is to putting another banner up here in Los Angeles."
The NBA has changed quite a bit since Howard's last stint in Hollywood, but Bryant believes the big man can succeed if he stays focused on the task at hand.