Dwight Howard slowly coming along

Some forget how injured All-Star center was, but Lakers are seeing the potential

Updated: December 20, 2012, 10:08 AM ET
By Dave McMenamin | ESPNLosAngeles.com

WASHINGTON -- It has been such a circus of a season for the Los Angeles Lakers, full of them looking at times as distorted as a reflection in a funhouse mirror, that you actually believed Kobe Bryant when he expressed genuine relief after his team disposed of the league's laughingstock, the Washington Wizards, on Friday.

"I am actually," a beaming Bryant said when asked if he was relishing the end of his team's four-game losing streak after holding on to beat the Wizards, 102-96. "I am! ...

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