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No one disputes the fact that the Lakers will be Kobe Bryant's team until the day he decides to walk away from the game. And with Bryant apparently willing to play three or four more seasons, Howard could potentially be on the other side of 30 before he would assume the reins out in L.A.
In Houston, Howard would be the de facto team leader from the moment he signed his new deal. At the very least, he would share the role with James Harden.
Most importantly, that means Howard wouldn't have to defer to anyone on offense—something that he struggled with this past year with the Lakers.
Howard is comfortable as the alpha dog due to his time in Orlando, so embracing that same position with the Rockets should come relatively easy to him.