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Report: Lakers' Howard says things will be different now

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Los Angeles Lakers center Dwight Howard said on Wednesday that things will be different now, adding that he plans to take more responsibility for the team's success, according to an ESPNLosAngeles.com report.

"I think this will be the start of a new season for us tonight," Howard said Wednesday morning, according to the report. "Hopefully our effort and energy is where it needs to be tonight. But, it starts with me. I have to bring it.

"I just think it will be different. Our mentality might be a little bit different."

Howard was referring primarily to his own mindset.

"I have to be more," said Howard. "I have to do more for this team. There are a lot of responsibilities on my shoulders. I have to step up and take it. It has to be me. It has to start with me. I'm a guy that has to dominate for us to win. We're not going to win unless I dominate."

He also apologized for comments he made Monday following the Lakers' 95-83 loss to the Chicago Bulls, when he complained about getting only five shot attempts.

"That's over with," Howard said. "I can't think about it. That was immature. I shouldn't have done it, but today is a new day and today is a new game."

Howard is averaging 17.1 points per game, his lowest since his second year in the league.
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