I mentioned it previously, but it bears repeating: Even with Dwight Howard, the Los Angeles Lakers' title window is considerably smaller than the Houston Rockets'.
Howard's youthful presence helps ease the burden on the Lakers' aging core, but when you consider that the average age of Steve Nash, Kobe Bryant, Pau Gasol and Metta World Peace is 34.5 years old, it becomes evident that L.A. has little wiggle room when it comes to its title window.
According to Eric Pincus of the Los Angeles Times, Bryant sees himself playing for another three years, if not more:
"'I could easily see myself playing another three or four years,' he said on Brazilian television in a segment produced by Glenda Carqueijo (2:30 in the video)."
It's encouraging that Bryant's boasting this sort of optimism about his longevity, but three more years of Bryant could make for a very unhappy Howard if his demand to be the focal point of the offense isn't appeased.
With Howard, the Lakers have a more championship-ready club than either the Rockets or Dallas Mavericks. Unfortunately, with the Lakers' 2012-13 season ravaged by injuries, there's still a significant amount of chemistry that needs to be established between the team's starters—and not much time.
With the clock ticking in Los Angeles, Howard could be scared away from Hollywood if his true desire is to compete for championships now and in the future.