Suddenly, Lakers team to beat

By adding Howard, L.A. has again vaulted itself to the top of the contenders list

Updated: August 10, 2012, 8:40 AM ET
By Arash Markazi | ESPNLosAngeles.com

LOS ANGELES -- It's not hard to picture Dwight Howard in a Los Angeles Lakers uniform.

For the better part of the past two years, Lakers fans have superimposed a Lakers jersey on every imaginable image of Howard. Type Howard's name into Google, and you'd think he has played the majority of his career in Los Angeles.

It's not hard to picture Howard living in Los Angeles and enjoying life in Hollywood.

For the better part of this summer, Howard has been spotted around Los Angeles ...

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